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J Anxiety Disord. 2008 May;22(4):577-90. Epub 2007 May 24.

Social anxiety and the interpretation of positive social events.

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University of British Columbia, Canada. lalden@psych.ubc.ca

Abstract

We report four independent studies that examined the relationship between social interaction anxiety and the tendency to interpret positive social events in a threat-maintaining manner. Study 1 described the development of a scale that measures negative interpretations of positive social events, the interpretation of positive events scale (IPES). Study 2 cross-validated the structure of the IPES and established that social interaction anxiety explained significant variance in negative interpretations of positive social events beyond negative affect in general. Study 3 demonstrated that negative interpretation of positive events was significantly greater in a clinical sample of patients with generalized social anxiety disorder (GSAD) than a matched group of non-anxious community controls. In addition, within the GSAD group, the IPES was associated with negative social predictions following a positive interaction. Finally, study 4 confirmed that negative interpretations of positive social events mediated the relationship between social interaction anxiety and low positive affect.

PMID:
17587542
DOI:
10.1016/j.janxdis.2007.05.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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