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Social anxiety as a basis for friendship selection and socialization in adolescents' social networks.
J Pers. 2011 Jun; 79(3):499-525.JP

Abstract

Socially anxious children and adolescents have previously been found to have friends with similarly socially anxious, withdrawn behavioral characteristics. How peers might socialize social anxiety over time has, however, not been thoroughly investigated. We examined this in a sample of 834 youths (339 girls and 495 boys; M=14.29), followed for 3 years. We used the social network analysis software SIENA to analyze the data. The results showed that youths who were socially anxious were less popular and chose fewer friends in the network. They also tended to choose friends who were socially anxious, and over time they influenced each other into becoming more socially anxious--over and above other effects. Finally, girls' social anxiety was more influenced than boys' by their friends' social anxiety levels. The results showed the significance of looking at socially anxious youths' friendships over time and embedded in social networks.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Psychology--Youth & Society, Örebro University, S-701 82 Örebro, Sweden. nejra.van-zalk@oru.seNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21534962

Citation

Van Zalk, Nejra, et al. "Social Anxiety as a Basis for Friendship Selection and Socialization in Adolescents' Social Networks." Journal of Personality, vol. 79, no. 3, 2011, pp. 499-525.
Van Zalk N, Van Zalk M, Kerr M, et al. Social anxiety as a basis for friendship selection and socialization in adolescents' social networks. J Pers. 2011;79(3):499-525.
Van Zalk, N., Van Zalk, M., Kerr, M., & Stattin, H. (2011). Social anxiety as a basis for friendship selection and socialization in adolescents' social networks. Journal of Personality, 79(3), 499-525. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00682.x
Van Zalk N, et al. Social Anxiety as a Basis for Friendship Selection and Socialization in Adolescents' Social Networks. J Pers. 2011;79(3):499-525. PubMed PMID: 21534962.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Social anxiety as a basis for friendship selection and socialization in adolescents' social networks. AU - Van Zalk,Nejra, AU - Van Zalk,Maarten, AU - Kerr,Margaret, AU - Stattin,Håkan, PY - 2011/5/4/entrez PY - 2011/5/4/pubmed PY - 2011/8/24/medline SP - 499 EP - 525 JF - Journal of personality JO - J Pers VL - 79 IS - 3 N2 - Socially anxious children and adolescents have previously been found to have friends with similarly socially anxious, withdrawn behavioral characteristics. How peers might socialize social anxiety over time has, however, not been thoroughly investigated. We examined this in a sample of 834 youths (339 girls and 495 boys; M=14.29), followed for 3 years. We used the social network analysis software SIENA to analyze the data. The results showed that youths who were socially anxious were less popular and chose fewer friends in the network. They also tended to choose friends who were socially anxious, and over time they influenced each other into becoming more socially anxious--over and above other effects. Finally, girls' social anxiety was more influenced than boys' by their friends' social anxiety levels. The results showed the significance of looking at socially anxious youths' friendships over time and embedded in social networks. SN - 1467-6494 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21534962/Social_anxiety_as_a_basis_for_friendship_selection_and_socialization_in_adolescents'_social_networks_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00682.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -