A preliminary investigation of the relationship between parental empathy and social anxiety and children's social anxiety

Dukes, Amy, Mellor, David, Flory, Vicky and Moore, Kathleen 2003, A preliminary investigation of the relationship between parental empathy and social anxiety and children's social anxiety, in Relationships : family, work and community : proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, 15-16th November, 2003, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 33-39.

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Title A preliminary investigation of the relationship between parental empathy and social anxiety and children's social anxiety
Author(s) Dukes, Amy
Mellor, David
Flory, Vicky
Moore, Kathleen
Conference name Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference (3rd : 2003 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 15-16 November 2003
Title of proceedings Relationships : family, work and community : proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, 15-16th November, 2003
Editor(s) Moore, Kathleen A.
Publication date 2003
Start page 33
End page 39
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Summary This study investigated the association between parents' social anxiety and empathy, and their children's social anxiety, Twenty-one mothers, 12 fathers and 24 children aged between 7 and 12 years were recruited from state primary schools in the eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne, Australia. Parents completed self-report questionnaires assessing their parental empathy and level of social anxiety. Children completed a modified version of the social anxiety questionnaire. All parent variables, except for maternal anxiety, were related to children's social anxiety. Overall, parental empathy was found to have a considerable association with child social anxiety, which is consistent with arguments that micro-level family mechanisms are important influences on child social anxiety. Future studies of parental empathy with clinical populations and data collection from multiple sources are recommended.
ISBN 0909881243
9780909881245
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004971

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Psychology
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