Broadening the research areas on social anxiety disorder

Junwen Chen, Erica Crome, Sarah Cox, Yulisha Byrow, Yoshihiro Kanai, Kirsty Johnstone, Ryan Balzan, Lorna Peters, Quincy Wong, Andrew Baillie, Stefan Hofmann

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Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a highly prevalent mental disorder with far reaching negative consequences for overall functioning and wellbeing. Once coined the neglected anxiety disorder, research on social anxiety in the past decade has greatly increased, however many questions still remain. This chapter outlines progress towards answering some of these outstanding issues, presenting recent developments in social anxiety research. This includes an exploration of dispositional factors (i.e., evaluation fears and self-discrepancies) and cognitive biases (i.e., decision-making; attentional bias) to symptom maintenance and treatment outcomes in clinical and non-clinical populations. In addition, neural activity in socially anxious and non-anxious individuals during cognitive reappraisal is presented. Finally, we examined potential barriers influencing treatment-seeking behaviours in social anxiety.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
EditorsRoss G. Menzies, Michael Kyrios, Nikolaos Kazantzis
Place of PublicationSamford Valley, QLD
PublisherAustralian Academic Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781922117717
ISBN (Print) 9781922117700
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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Chen, J., Crome, E., Cox, S., Byrow, Y., Kanai, Y., Johnstone, K., ... Hofmann, S. (2016). Broadening the research areas on social anxiety disorder. In R. G. Menzies, M. Kyrios, & N. Kazantzis (Eds.), Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (pp. 51-55). Samford Valley, QLD: Australian Academic Press.