Social Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults: Translating Developmental Science Into Practice

Pages: 310
Item #: 4317259
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0948-4
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Copyright: 2011
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During adolescence, the physical, cognitive, and behavioral hallmarks of social anxiety disorder (SAD) often make their first appearance. This developmental period is characterized by rapid physical growth and sexual maturation, as well as unique emotional and cognitive developments and underlying neurological changes. At the same time, increasing social demands, peer pressure, romantic interests, hormonal changes, and greater independence present a dizzying and sometimes overwhelming array of challenges.

Although symptoms of social anxiety are common in adolescents, only recently have researchers begun to examine the problem in this age group.  Fortunately, an increasing number of studies have uncovered important nuances in the development and presentation of social anxiety symptoms and SAD in adolescents and young adults.

This book assesses the implications of the research for both researchers and clinicians who want to provide the latest and most up-to-date treatments for their anxiety-plagued patients.

The contributors to this book examine social anxiety in the lives of young people (aged 12 to 25) in the context of dating and romantic relationships, alcohol and drug use, performance anxiety and school refusal, and alongside comorbid disorders such as depression.  The unique challenges faced by special populations including LGBT, ethnic minority, and autistic adolescents are also considered, while clinically-oriented authors describe the latest techniques in assessment and treatment, including pharmacotherapy and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

The final chapter presents a model for SAD treatment in schools, with an eye towards the development of future programs for large-scale intervention.

Compassionate in tone and comprehensive in scope, Social Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults represents a significant step forward in the field of social anxiety.

Table of Contents


Candice A. Alfano and Deborah C. Beidel

I. Overview of Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults

  1. Clinical Presentation of Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults
    Franklin Mesa, Melissa M. Nieves, and Deborah C. Beidel
  2. The Etiology of Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults
    Charmaine K. Higa-McMillan and Chad Ebesutani
  3. Neurodevelopmental Aspects of Social Anxiety
    Roxann Roberson-Nay and Ruth C. Brown

II. Individual Differences, Contexts, and Influences of Social Anxiety in Young People

  1. Social Anxiety and Depression: The Teenage and Early Adult Years
    Lisa R. Starr, Joanne Davila, Annette La Greca and Ryan R. Landoll
  2. Dating, Romantic Relationships, and Social Anxiety in Young People
    Annette La Greca, Joanne Davila, Ryan R. Landoll, and Rebecca Siegel
  3. Alcohol and Drug Use in Socially Anxious Young Adults
    Rachel D. Thompson, Abigail A. Goldsmith, and Giao Q. Tran
  4. Social and Performance Anxiety and Oppositional and School Refusal Behavior in Adolescents
    Christopher A. Kearney, Marisa Gauger, Rachel Schafer, and Timothy Day
  5. Peer Relations and Victimization in Adolescents With Social Anxiety Disorder
    Bridget K. Biggs, Marilyn L. Sampilo, and Megan M. McFadden
  6. Social Anxiety Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescents and Young Adults
    Karen E. Roberts, Danielle Schwartz, and Trevor A. Hart
  7. Social Anxiety in Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum
    Susan W. White and Amie R. Schry
  8. Cultural Influences on Social Anxiety in African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Latino, and Native American Adolescents and Young Adults
    Argero A. Zerr, Lindsay E. Holly, and Armando A. Pina

III. Assessment and Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

  1. Assessment of Social Anxiety
    Andres De Los Reyes and Courtney P. Keeton
  2. Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults
    Kerri L. Kim, Adair F. Parr, and Candice A. Alfano
  3. Pharmacotherapy for Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults
    L. N. Ravindran and M. B. Stein
  4. Adapting Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder for Delivery in Schools: A School-Based Intervention for Adolescents
    Carrie Masia-Warner, Paige H. Fisher, Kristy A. Ludwig, Rebecca Rialon, and Julie L. Ryan


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Candice A. Alfano, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2005 from the University of Maryland, College Park. After completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she joined the faculty at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Alfano is an assistant professor of psychology and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She founded and directs the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Program at Children's National Medical Center, providing comprehensive clinical services for anxious youth and training for psychology interns and child psychiatry fellows.

Dr. Alfano has received several awards for her research, including awards from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, APA's Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), and a 2008 New Investigator Award cosponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology. She received awards in 2009 and 2010 for Outstanding Teaching at Children's National Medical Center.

Dr. Alfano serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals, including the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters. She is coauthor (with Deborah C. Beidel) of the book Childhood Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to Research and Treatment. Her primary academic, research, and clinical interests focus on the early etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of anxiety disorders, including the role of childhood sleep abnormalities.

Dr. Alfano is the recipient of a 5-year Mentored Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health to study sleep disturbances in children with anxiety disorders, including potential targets for psychosocial intervention.

Deborah C. Beidel, PhD, received her doctorate in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh. After serving as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh; the Medical University of South Carolina; the University of Maryland, College Park; and Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, she joined the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida in 2007. In addition to her appointment as professor of psychology, she is director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology and director of the University of Central Florida Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

She was the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy's New Researcher Award, the 1995 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists, and the 2005 recipient of the Samuel M. Turner Clinical Research Award from APA's Division 12 (Society for Clinical Psychology) Section III (Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology).

Dr. Beidel is the American Board of Professional Psychology diplomate in clinical psychology and behavioral psychology and is a fellow of the APA and the Association for Psychological Science. Her academic, research, and clinical interests focus on child and adult anxiety disorders, including their etiology, psychopathology, and behavioral treatment.

She is associate editor of Journal of Anxiety Disorders. In addition to several professional books, Dr. Beidel is the author (with Cynthia Bulik and Melinda Stanley) of the undergraduate textbook Abnormal Psychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach.

She has been the recipient of numerous National Institute of Mental Health grants addressing the development and efficacy of behavioral interventions for adults and children with anxiety disorders.