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Actual and perceived social support in social anxiety

Cynthia A Kraus, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Socially anxious individuals have perceptual and behavioral tendencies that are potential causes for unsatisfactory social relationships. The present study examined perceptions of support and supportive statements made during a social support eliciting interaction between college roommates. High social anxiety was related to smaller numbers of social support network members and lower satisfaction with social support networks. Social anxiety was not related to poorer displays of social support by either roommate during the interaction. These results may suggest that socially anxious individuals' lesser satisfaction with social support is promoted more by negative perceptions of support interactions rather than poor support interactions. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social|Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Kraus, Cynthia A, "Actual and perceived social support in social anxiety" (2006). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3208129.