Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 311–320 | Cite as

Assessing Social Anxiety in African American Youth using the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children

  • Armando A. Pina
  • Michelle Little
  • Henry Wynne
  • Deborah C. Beidel

Social anxiety disorder is characterized by a persistent fear of social or performance situations in one or more areas, including public speaking, dating, and/or talking to new or unfamiliar people. Typically with an age of onset in adolescence, social anxiety is accompanied by evaluation concerns, functional impairment, and is prospectively and concurrently linked to substance use, un-employment, and dependence on the welfare system (Lipsitz and Schneier 2000; Morris et al. 2005; Tolman et al. 2009). Whereas there is ample literature about social anxiety in children and adolescents, most research has been based on White samples (Hunter and Schmidt 2010; Neal and Turner 1991). Turning to multiethnic samples, cross-ethnic comparative research based on rating scales shows that in clinical samples African American youth in particular report significantly lower (or similar) social anxiety levels than their Caucasian counterparts (e.g., Beidel et al. 2000, 1999; Ferrell et al. 2004). On...


Social Anxiety Social Anxiety Disorder African American Youth Racial Socialization Exploratory Structural Equation Modeling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Armando A. Pina
    • 1
  • Michelle Little
    • 2
  • Henry Wynne
    • 1
  • Deborah C. Beidel
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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