Journal article

Pathways to social anxiety: The role of reinforcement sensitivities and emotion regulation

Elodie J O'Connor, Petra K Staiger, Nicolas Kambouropoulos, Luke D Smillie

Psychiatry Research | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2014


Past research has demonstrated a strong relationship between threat sensitivity and social anxiety; however, the relationship between reward sensitivity and social anxiety is less clear. Further, the role that emotion regulation (ER) may play in the expression of social anxiety disorder (SAD) is rarely considered. The current study tested whether two emotion regulation strategies (emotional suppression and cognitive reappraisal) mediated associations between threat sensitivity and reward sensitivity and social anxiety in a community sample (402 adults, 78% female; Mage=32.49, S.D.age=11.53). Path analyses indicated that low reappraisal mediated the relationship between high threat sensitivit..

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