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Unique Associations of Revised-Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory Constructs with Social Anxiety

Gomez, R., Stavropoulos, V., Watson, S. , Brown, T. M. & Corr, P. J. ORCID: 0000-0002-7618-0058 (2021). Unique Associations of Revised-Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory Constructs with Social Anxiety. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, doi: 10.1007/s11469-021-00552-9

Abstract

Revised reinforcement sensitivity theory (r-RST) is a major neuropsychological theory of motivation, emotion and personality. We report the results of a study that examined the unique relationships of the r-RST constructs with two forms of anxiety: social interaction social performance. Five hundred and seventy-twoA adults completed the Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality Questionnaire (RST-PQ) alongside measures of social interaction anxiety and social performance anxiety. Regression results revealed both social interaction anxiety and social performance anxiety were linked uniquely and positively with the behavioral inhibition system (BIS) scale score, as predicted. In addition, social observation anxiety Rapson: is this a 3rd form of anxiety that we have not mention above, where we say we looked at social interaction and performance – perhaps we clarify this as this findings seems to come out of the blue. was associated uniquely ad positively with the fight-flight-freeze system (FFFS) scale score. The theoretical and clinical implications of the findings for social anxiety are discussed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-021-00552-9
Publisher Keywords: Social anxiety, Social interaction anxiety, Social performance anxiety, Revised-reinforcement sensitivity theory, Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality Questionnaire
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
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