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Beyond behaviour: is social anxiety low in Williams syndrome

Dodd, H. F., Schniering, C. A. and Porter, M. A. (2009) Beyond behaviour: is social anxiety low in Williams syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39 (12). pp. 1673-1681. ISSN 0162-3257

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10803-009-0806-4

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Individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) exhibit striking social behaviour that may be indicative of abnormally low social anxiety. The present research aimed to determine whether social anxiety is unusually low in WS and to replicate previous findings of increased generalised anxiety in WS using both parent and self report. Fifteen individuals with WS aged 12-28 years completed the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale (SCAS) and the Children’s Automatic Thoughts Scale (CATS). Their responses were compared to clinically anxious and community comparison groups matched on mental age. The findings suggest that WS is not associated with unusually low social anxiety but that generalised anxiety symptoms and physical threat thoughts are increased in WS, relative to typically developing children.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
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Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Anxiety and Depression in Young People (AnDY)
ID Code:33960
Uncontrolled Keywords:Williams syndrome; anxiety; sociability; social; self-report
Publisher:Springer
Publisher Statement:This is the author’s version of the manuscript. The final published version of the paper is available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10803-009-0806-4

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