Need for Cognitive Closure in Patients with Social Phobia



A comparative study of the relationship between the need for cognitive closure, social anxiety, and cognitive strategies for regulating emotions in social phobia was carried out. We examined 135 people (57.8% female; Mage=32.8±11.3 years) with a diagnosis of "Social phobia" (F40.1, ICD-10), combined with other mental disorders (mean disorder duration — 13.1±8.1 years). The comparison group was represented by 100 people without mental disorders (53% female; Mage=35.2±6.5 years). Tools used: Need for Closure Scale by A. Kruglanski and D. Webster adapted by M.I. Yasin; Cognitive Emotional Regulation Questionnaire by N. Garnefski et al., adapted by E.I. Rasskazova et al.; Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale in the adaptation of I.V. Grigorieva and S.N. Enikolopov. It has been established that the clinical manifestations of social phobia are characterized by a high need for cognitive closure and the used dysfunctional cognitive strategies for regulating the emotional sphere are reflected in the inability to achieve cognitive closure, the impossibility of reducing the level of social anxiety, which increases the motivation for social avoidance.

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Keywords: social anxiety, cognitive closure, emotional regulation

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


Received: 09.08.2022


For citation: Didenko A.V., Alenina O.K., Oglezneva A.V. Need for Cognitive Closure in Patients with Social Phobia [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2022. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 70–91. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2022110403. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Alexander V. Didenko, Doctor of Medicine, Associate Professor, Leading Researcher, Department of the Borderline States of the Mental Health Research Institute, Tomsk National Research Medical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, Narcology and Psychotherapy of the Siberian State Medical University, Tomsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olesya K. Alenina, psychiatrist of the Department of Borderline States of the Mental Health Research Institute, Tomsk National Research Medical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anastasia V. Oglezneva, Senior Lecturer, Department of Organization of Personnel, Social, Psychological and Educational Work, Tomsk Institute of Advanced Training of Employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Tomsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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