Biased self-perception of social skills in anxious children: The role of state anxiety

Dodd, Helen F., Hudson, Jennifer L., Lyneham, Heidi J., Wuthrich, Viviana M., Morris, Talia and Monier, Laurie (2011) Biased self-perception of social skills in anxious children: The role of state anxiety. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 2 (4). pp. 571-585. ISSN 2043-8087

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Abstract

The role of state and trait anxiety on observer ratings of social skill and negatively biased self-perception of social skill was examined. Participants were aged between 7 and 13 years (mean=9.65; sd=1.77; N=102), 47 had a current anxiety diagnosis and 55 were non-anxious controls. Participants were randomly allocated to a high or low anxiety condition and asked to complete social tasks. Task instructions were adjusted across conditions to manipulate participants’ state anxiety. Observers rated anxious participants as having poorer social skills than non-anxious controls but there was no evidence that anxious participants exhibited a negative self-perception bias, relative to controls. However, as participants’ ratings of state anxiety increased, their perception of their performance became more negatively biased. The results suggest that anxious children may exhibit real impairments in social skill and that high levels of state anxiety can lead to biased judgements of social skills in anxious and non-anxious children.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Helen Dodd
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2011 08:01
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 14:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/34942
DOI: 10.5127/jep.019211

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