Journal article

Does shy-inhibited temperament in childhood lead to anxiety problems in adolescence?

M Prior, D Smart, A Sanson, F Oberklaid

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | Published : 2000


OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationships between shy-inhibited temperament in childhood and anxiety problems in early adolescence using a prospective, longitudinal data set from a large community sample. METHOD: Relationships between shyness ratings on age-appropriate temperament scales and anxiety problems were analyzed, looking both forward and backward in time from infancy to adolescence. RESULTS: Forty-two percent of children rated as shy on 6 or more occasions over 8 surveys in childhood had anxiety problems in adolescence, compared with 11% who were never shy. Persistence of shyness and its presence in middle childhood increased risk for anxiety. A highly reactive temperament added to sh..

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