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Title: Self-presentation and social anxiety in adolescents
Author: Dimmer, Mandy
ISNI:       0000 0004 8499 1293
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2016
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Self-presentation behaviours are used in order to create and maintain a desired identity in a social situation. Previous research has investigated the relationship between the use of self-presentation behaviours and social anxiety in both adult and child populations; however, this topic has not been examined within an adolescent population. This study's aim was to examine the relationship between the reported use of selfpresentation behaviours and feelings of social anxiety within an adolescent population. Three groups of secondary school students (11 to 12 year olds, 13 to 14 year olds and 15 to 16 year olds) completed a questionnaire pack containing measures of selfpresentation behaviours, social anxiety, depression and positive and negative affect. Self-presentation behaviours were seen to contribute a unique variance in the explanation of levels of social anxiety experienced by adolescents after age, gender, depression and positive and negative affect had been controlled for. Specifically, defensive self-presentation behaviours were a significant predictor of social anxiety but assertive self-presentation behaviours were not. No difference was found between males and females in their use of self-presentation behaviours. Fifteen to sixteen year olds used significantly more self-presentation behaviours than 13 to 14 year olds. The findings are discussed in line with the function that self-presentation behaviours may play in the maintenance of social anxiety, and how this could relate to treatment.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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