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How Can Living a Valued and Complex Life Buffer Against Negative Outcomes of Social Anxiety?

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dc.contributor.advisor Gordon, Elizabeth Hadad, Christopher 2017-09-01T14:12:10Z 2017-09-01T14:12:10Z 2017
dc.description.abstract Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is associated with several poor life outcomes including depression, loneliness, and inhibited interpersonal relationships. Given the pervasive nature of social anxiety in affecting many aspects of life, the present study investigated whether living a valued and complex life, as measured by the newly created Valued Domain Involvement (VDI) construct, mitigates poor life outcomes in socially anxious individuals. We utilized both existing longitudinal data and correlational data collected online to test our hypotheses. The newly created Valued Domain Involvement measure, which measures how much an individual is living a varied, valued, and meaningful life through three index scores and twelve life domains, proved robust in this initial study. Supporting our hypotheses, Valued Domain Involvement did moderate the relationship between social anxiety and several poor life outcomes, such that living a more valued and complex life mitigates negative outcomes associated with social anxiety. Several other hypotheses concerning VDI, as well as a newly created score of how interrelated ones’ life domains are, were tested and generally confirmed. This study poses Valued Domain Involvement as a potentially helpful measure, for both clinical uses and as a measure of identity. Further, this study suggests potential therapeutic interventions, emphasizing engaging in valued domains and relationships, to prevent the ‘worst’ of Social Anxiety Disorder.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Social phobia
dc.subject.lcsh Quality of life -- Psychological aspects
dc.title How Can Living a Valued and Complex Life Buffer Against Negative Outcomes of Social Anxiety?
dc.type Thesis
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