Social anxiety is an intense discomfort and self-consciousness about potential negative evaluations from others or the possibility of embarrassing oneself. The incidence of social anxiety rises in adolescent girls compared to boys (11.2% versus 7.0%). Learning to take healthy risks, developing confidence, and gaining exposure to anxiety-generating stimuli are important. Self-acceptance training, mindfulness training, and reversing of automatic negative interpretive biases are useful interventions. Such techniques are illustrated and described.
- Identify factors contributing to social anxiety in female adolescents.
- Demonstrate three interventions to treat social anxiety in female adolescents.
Weissbrod, C. S. & Colangelo, A. (2020). Understanding and Treating Social Anxiety in Female Adolescents. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 46(3). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42843-020-00008-z