Social cognition and anxiety in children

Robin Banerjee

in Social Cognition and Developmental Psychopathology

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Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780198569183
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754432 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Social cognition and anxiety in children

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Social cognitive factors associated with anxiety in children and adolescents are addressed in this chapter. First, we examine the nature and prevalence of clinical anxiety disorders in youths, identify common diagnosis and assessment tools, and introduce the thorny issues surrounding comorbidity of anxiety and depression. Then, we turn to the links likely to exist between anxiety and patterns of social cognition. A substantial literature has conceptualized anxiety disorders in terms of cognitive information-processing biases that appear before, during, and after focal events. This research is extended by a smaller, but growing, body of work which concerns socially anxious children's reasoning about mental states and their understanding of social situations. The empirical work conducted on these topics will help to clarify our current state of knowledge regarding the social cognitive profile of anxious children. Next, we review possible factors in the aetiology of the social cognitive characteristics, before turning to the clinical implications of the research and possible directions for further work in this area.

Chapter.  12719 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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