Date of Award
loneliness, school liking, shyness, social anxiety
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
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.
Walker, Charity M., "The Impact of Shyness on Loneliness, Social Anxiety, and School Liking in Late Childhood" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 948.
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Charity M. Walker