The Relationship between Parental Overprotection, Interpretation bias, and Social Anxiety in Adolescents

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2018-02-05
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The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between parental overprotection, negative interpretation bias and social anxiety in adolescents. The majority of studies regarding this issue were conducted with samples of children and adults; however, since social anxiety increases during puberty and the pathological form has often its offspring during early adolescence, it is particularly important to study it in a sample of adolescents. Eighty-seven adolescents filled in a questionnaire measuring interpretation bias, parental overprotection and social anxiety symptoms. Results showed a significant positive relationship between interpretation bias and social anxiety symptoms. Additionally, was found that the relationship between maternal overprotection and social anxiety symptoms is mediated by negative interpretation bias. No other effects were found. Results contribute first theoretically evidence for a cognitive model which suggest that the previously found relationship between parenting and childhood anxiety is mediated by cognitive biases. In addition, results highlight that it is particularly important to differentiate between maternal and paternal overprotection. However, due to the cross-sectional design no conclusions can be drawn about the causality of the found results. Keywords: parental overprotection, interpretation bias, social anxiety, adolescents
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