The Essential Handbook of Social Anxiety forClinicians
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Essentials of Social Anxiety is a shorter, revised paperback edition of The International Handbook of Social Anxiety, focusing on developmental and clinical perspectives. It is organized into two parts: The Development of Social Anxiety; and Clinical Perspectives and Interventions. Like the International Handbook, it covers research, assessment and treatment, giving clinical practitioners comprehensive coverage of the area and a single concise desk reference.


W. Ray Crozier (PhD) is Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has published extensively on shyness and embarrassment as well as psychology of art and decision-making, and is the author of Understanding Shyness (Palgrave 2001) and editor of Shyness: Development, Consolidation and Change (Routledge, 2000) He organized the International Conference on Shyness and Self-consciousness held in Cardiff in 1977.

Lynn E. Alden (PhD) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She also holds an appointment as clinical supervisor in the psychology internship program at Vancouver General Hospital. She has served as Director of Clinical Training at UBC, as President of the Canadian Psychological Association. In addition, Dr. Alden served as an Associate Editor of Cognitive Therapy and Research. She has published extensively on cognitive-interpersonal perspectives of social anxiety, social phobia, and avoidant personality disorder.


About the Editors.

List of Contributors.


Chapter 1. Constructs of Social Anxiety (W. Ray Crozier, and Lynn E. Alden).


Introduction The Development of Social Anxiety (W. Ray Crozier and Lynn E. Alden).

Chapter 2. Biological and Environmental Contributions to Childhood Shyness: A Diathesis-Stress Model (Louis A. Schmidt, Cindy P. Polak, and Andrea L. Spooner).

Chapter 3. Behavioral Inhibition: Physiological Correlates (Peter J. Marshall and Joan Stevenson-Hinde).

Chapter 4. Origins of the Self-Conscious Child (Michael Lewis).

Chapter 5.  Behavioral Inhibition, Social Withdrawal, and Parenting (Kim B. Burgess, Kenneth H. Rubin, Charissa S. L. Cheah, and Larry J. Nelson).


Introduction Social Anxiety as a Clinical Condition (Lynn E. Alden and W. Ray Crozier).

Chapter 6. Social Phobia in Children and Adolescents: Nature and Assessment (Ronald M. Rapee and Lynne Sweeney).

Chapter 7. Social Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Psychological Treatments (Lynne Sweeney and Ronald M. Rapee).

Chapter 8. Interpersonal Perspectives on Social Phobia (Lynn E. Alden).

Chapter 9. A Cognitive Perspective on Social Phobia (David M. Clark ).

Chapter 10. Social Anxiety, Social Phobia, and Avoidant Personality (Thomas Widiger).

Chapter 11. Social Anxiety and Depression (Rick E. Ingram, Wiveka Ramel, Denise Chavira, and Christine Scher).

Chapter 12. Cognitive-Behavioral Group Treatment for Social Phobia (Meredith E. Coles, Trevor A. Hart, and Richard G. Heimberg).

Chapter 13. Psychopharmacological Treatments: An Overview (Sean D. Hood and David J. Nutt).

Author Index.

Subject Index.


"...An essential book for professionals working with anxiety due to the well-written, researched and scholarly chapters with many relevant references and a useful index." (International Journal of Adolescent Medical Health, Vol 17 (4), 2005)

" essential book for professionals working with anxiety, due to the well-written, researched and scholarly chapters..." (International Journal of Adolescence Med Health, vol 17, no.4, 2004)