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.
Relationships : family, work and community : proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, 15-16th November, 2003
Moore, Kathleen A.
Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication
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.
Field of Research
170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category
E1 Full written paper - refereed
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