Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Maria Riva

Keywords

loneliness, school liking, shyness, social anxiety

Abstract

Author: Charity M. Walker

Title: THE IMPACT OF SHYNESS ON LONELINESS, SOCIAL ANXIETY, AND SCHOOL LIKING IN LATE CHILDHOOD

Advisor: Maria T. Riva, Ph.D.

Degree Date: August 2011

ABSTRACT

Shyness is associated with several emotional, social, and

academic problems. While there are multiple difficulties that often

accompany shyness, there appear to be some factors that can

moderate negative effects of shyness. Research has demonstrated

that certain parenting factors affect the adjustment of shy children in

early childhood, but there is minimal research illuminating the effect

of parenting factors in older age groups. The first purpose of this

study was to examine relationships between shyness and

loneliness, social anxiety, and school liking. The second purpose

was to investigate whether the quality of the relationship between a

parent and a 10- to 15-year-olds child influences the amount of

loneliness or social anxiety a shy child experiences or how the child

feels about school. Parent-child dyads served as participants and

were recruited from public and private middle schools and church

youth groups in Colorado and Indiana. Child participants completed

several self-report surveys regarding their relationship with a parent,

shyness, loneliness, social anxiety, and their attitude toward school.

Parents completed a survey about their relationship with their child

and responded to questions related to their perceptions of their

child's shyness. Data was analyzed with a series of correlation and

regression analyses. Greater degrees of self-reported shyness

were found to be associated with higher levels of loneliness and

social anxiety and less positive feelings about school. Due to a

problem with multicollinearity during data analysis, this study was

not able to explore the effect of the parent-child relationship quality

on the associations between shyness and adjustment factors.

Overall, these findings imply that shyness remains an important

issue as children approach adolescence. Further research is

needed to continue learning about the potential importance of

parent-child interactions in reducing maladjustment for shy children

during late childhood.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Charity M. Walker

File size

162 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Clinical psychology

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