Valentiner, David P.
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Department of Psychology
Bashfulness--Treatment; Anxiety--Treatment; Clinical psychology
The current study looked to extend previous research on the meta-cognitive variable of shyness mindset. The objectives were to demonstrate the ability to promote an incremental view of shyness in a clinical population, provide evidence for this change's ability to enhance the reduction of social performance anxiety symptoms via exposure therapy, and elucidate the possible mechanisms involved. Participants were recruited from an intensive outpatient program for the treatment of anxiety disorders, and assigned to either receive an intervention designed to alter shyness mindset, or treatment as usual. Results indicated that shyness mindset was malleable in a clinical population. The effect of shyness mindset on social performance anxiety symptoms was less clear, though the most parsimonious interpretation of the data suggested that the two constructs do not have a causal relationship. The mechanisms of any possible relationship remained unclarified.
Gillen, Michael J., "Altering shyness mindset : enhancing treatment for social performance anxiety" (2014). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1060.
Northern Illinois University
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