Depressive personality styles and social anxiety in young adults

Golan Shahar, Eva Gilboa-Shechtman

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We examined the role of three depression-related cognitive personality styles in young adults' social anxiety: evaluation concerns, positive achievement striving, and dependency. Sixty-nine undergraduates were administered measures of the aforementioned personality variables, depressive symptoms, and social anxiety. Controlling for participants' depressive symptoms, we found that evaluation concerns, particularly self-criticism, predicted elevated levels of social anxiety. Dependency also predicted elevated social anxiety, but this effect was small and marginally significant (p = .05). Finally, positive achievement striving predicted low levels of social anxiety but only in the presence of evaluation concerns. Findings are consistent with earlier theoretical conceptualizations of social anxiety as reflecting low self-worth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-284
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Achievement striving
  • Depressive personality
  • Evaluation concerns
  • Self-criticism
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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