Date of Award
Master of Arts
Cashel, Mary Louise
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is often associated with fear of negative evaluation but more recently research has been done regarding the relationship with fear of positive evaluation. Fear of Positive Evaluation (FPE) seems to be a unique feature of SAD while Fear of Negative Evaluation (FNE) is related to other disorders as well. Previous studies indicate that various emotion regulation strategies and alexithymia (the inability to describe or identify emotions) are related to SAD. I hypothesized FPE and FNE will both moderate the relationship between symptom severity of social anxiety and 3 dependent variables (alexithymia, expressive suppression, and cognitive reappraisal). Multiple hierarchical regression analyses were utilized to investigate FPE and FNE moderating the relationship between SAD symptom severity and Alexithymia, Cognitive Reappraisal, and Expressive Suppression. Only social anxiety symptom severity and FPE contributed significantly to the model for expressive suppression and the model of Alexithymia. The cognitive reappraisal model was insignificant. Clinical applications are discussed as well as potential future directions for research.
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