Modern Theories of Social Anxiety in Childhood and Adolescence Ages



This article describes the various modern approaches to the study of social anxiety in children. Social anxiety is examined in terms of the following approaches: in age-related psychology from the standpoint of behavioral inhibition and its biological sources; in developmental psychology as an affective-behavioral profile of loneliness/isolation and its sources in the child-parent relationship and interaction with peers; in clinical psychology within the Avoidant Personality Disorder (social phobia), its diagnosis, treatment and etiology. The article presents the results of current and future possible research.

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Keywords: social anxiety, shyness. maladaptation, depression, anxiety, fear, children, adolescents

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Pavlova T.S., Krasnova-Goleva V.V. Modern Theories of Social Anxiety in Childhood and Adolescence Ages [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2014. Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 27–40. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tat'iana S. Pavlova, PhD in Psychology, research associate, research laboratory «Scientific and Methodological Basis of Emergent Psychological Aid», Center for Emergent Psychological Aid, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Victoria V. Krasnova-Goleva, PhD in Psychology, esearch fellow of the laboratory of clinical psychology and psychotherapy, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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