Social Anxiety: Clinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives, 3rd Edition

  • Stefan G. Hofmann Boston University
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  • ISBN-10: 012397819X
  • ISBN-13: 9780123978196
  • DDC: 616.85225
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 844 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The third edition of Social Anxiety: Clinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives integrates examinations of social anxiety, shyness, and embarrassment with the research on social anxiety disorder subtypes, biological theories and cognitive-behavioral or pharmacological treatment outcome studies. Clinicians, social and developmental psychologists and behavioral geneticists have all conducted research over the past ten years which is essential to furthering our understanding and treatment of social anxiety disorders. This book weaves together research findings gathered by renowned minds across these various disciplines, and deals with both theory and research. It explores what constitutes social anxiety, assesses the condition and its relationship to other psychological disorders, exploring the biological basis and treatment approaches as well. Coverage includes key issues not discussed fully by other books, including related disorders in adults and children, relationship to social competence and assertiveness, perfectionism, social skills deficit hypothesis, comparison between pharmacological and psychosocial treatments, and potential mediators of change in the treatment of social anxiety disorder. From the Author: Although social anxiety disorder (social phobia) is widely researched topic in psychiatry, other disciplines, such as social and developmental psychology, have independently been studying the same phenomena for many years. Yet, there has been very little cross-discipline communication and integration. The main objective of the book is to integrate the findings on social anxiety from various disciplines, including clinical psychology, psychiatry, social psychology, neuroscience, and developmental psychology.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.

Half Title Page.

Title Page.

Copyright Page.

Table of Contents.



1: Delineation of Social Anxiety.

2: Conceptualizing and Describing Social Anxiety and Its Disorders.

3: Avoidant Personality Disorder and Its Relationship to Social Anxiety Disorder.

4: Assessment of Social Anxiety and Its Clinical Expressions.

5: Shyness, Social Anxiety, and Social Phobia.

6: Embarrassment and Social Anxiety Disorder: Fraternal Twins or Distant Cousins?.

7: Social Anxiety and Social Anxiety Disorder across Cultures.

8: Perfectionism and Perfectionistic Self-Presentation in Social Anxiety.

9: Social Phobia1 as a Deficit in Social Skills.

10: Social Anxiety Disorder and Its Relation to Clinical Syndromes in Adulthood.

11: Social Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Biological, Developmental, and Social Considerations.

12: Prevention and Early Intervention of Social Anxiety Disorder.

13: Theoretical Perspectives.

14: Neuroendocrinology and Neuroimaging Studies of Social Anxiety Disorder.

15: Temperamental Contributions to the Development of Psychological Profiles: I. Basic Issues.

16: Temperamental Contributions to the Development of Psychological Profiles: II. Two Candidates.

17: Mechanisms of Learning and Behavior Change in Social Anxiety Disorder.

18: Cognitive Biases in Social Anxiety Disorder.

19: Emotion Regulation in Social Anxiety Disorder.

20: Social Anxiety and the Self.

21: Positivity Deficits in Social Anxiety: Emotions, Events, and Cognitions.

22: Social Anxiety as an Early Warning System: A Refinement and Extension of the Self-Presentation Theory of Social Anxiety.

23: Evolutionary Perspective on Social Anxiety.

24: Treatment Approaches.

25: Psychopharmacology for Social Anxiety Disorder.

26: Treatment of Adult Social Anxiety Disorder: A Treatments-by-Dimensions Review.

27: A Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Social Anxiety Disorder.

28: Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder.

29: A Comparison between Psychosocial and Pharmacological Treatments.

30: Mechanisms of Action in the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder.


Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stefan G. Hofmann

Stefan G. Hofmann is Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, where he directs the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory. He has an actively funded research program studying various aspects of emotional disorders with a particular emphasis on anxiety disorders and cognitive behavioral therapy. He has won many prestigious professional awards, including the Aaron T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contributions to the Field of Cognitive Therapy by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is a fellow of the APA and APS and was president of various national and international professional societies, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. He was also an advisor to the DSM-5 Development Process and a member of the DSM-5 Anxiety Disorder Sub-Work Group. Dr. Hofmann was recently named a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. He is currently editor of Cognitive Therapy and Research and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 books, including AN INTRODUCTION TO MODERN CBT (Wiley-Blackwell) and EMOTION IN THERAPY (Guilford Press).