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

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posted on 01.01.2003, 00:00 authored by A Dukes, David MellorDavid Mellor, V Flory, Kathleen Moore
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.

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Title of proceedings

Relationships : family, work and community : proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, 15-16th November, 2003

Event

Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference (3rd : 2003 : Melbourne, Vic.)

Pagination

33 - 39

Publisher

Australian Psychological Society

Location

Melbourne, Victoria

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic

Start date

15/11/2003

End date

16/11/2003

ISBN-13

9780909881245

ISBN-10

0909881243

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

K Moore

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