A cognitive-behavioral model of social anxiety disorder

Richard G. Heimberg*, Faith A. Brozovich, Ronald M. Rapee

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Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common and impairing psychological disorders. To advance our understanding of SAD, several researchers have put forth explanatory models over the years, including one which we originally published almost two decades ago (Rapee & Heimberg, 1997), which delineated the processes by which socially anxious individuals are affected by their fear of evaluation in social situations. Our model, as revised in the 2010 edition of this text, is summarized and further updated based on recent research on the multiple processes involved in the maintenance of SAD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Anxiety
Subtitle of host publicationClinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives
EditorsStefan G. Hofmann, Patricia M. DiBartolo
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780123750969
ISBN (Print)9780123944276
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Cognitive-behavioral model
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Social phobia


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