Date of Award

7-24-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Paula Truax, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Krista Brockwood, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen, Ph.D., ABPP

Abstract

To better understand interrelationships of social anxiety, introversion, and self-esteem, 109 college students completed the SPS, SIAS, EPQ-R-SS, and SERS. Moderator analyses indicated social anxiety and introversion were not moderated by self-esteem (p > .05). However, significant main effects indicated a strong negative relationship between social anxiety and selfesteem and a moderate positive relationship between social anxiety and introversion. Problems with multicollinearity are likely to have masked relationships among variables. Chi-square analyses with the SPS indicated significant differences between low and high self-esteem subjects in the low (;( = 6.79,p < .001) and high social anxiety groups (;( = 7.94,p < .001). With the SIAS, significant differences were found between low and high self-esteem subjects in the high (;( = 6.89,p < .001), but not the low (p > .05), social anxiety groups. Furthermore, results suggest that self-esteem may be a stronger predictor of social anxiety than introversion. Results imply that methods for prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning for social anxiety may be improved by considering the impacts of self-esteem and introversion.

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