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Social anxiety and parental overprotection in young adults with and without intellectual disabilities

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Cahley Hemm, Dr Thomas Meyer


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© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Objectives: Developmental literature highlights peer relationships and parental overprotection as factors implicated in the development of social anxiety. These factors are highly prevalent in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities; however research has not examined whether these factors are associated with social anxiety for this population. Methods: Twenty-one individuals without intellectual disabilities and 21 individuals with intellectual disabilities (aged 16–24 years) completed the Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents with follow-up questions, the Glasgow Anxiety Scale-Intellectual disabilities and the parental overprotection subscale of the Parental Bonding Instrument with follow-up questions. Results: Aspects of general and social anxiety were significantly greater in the intellectual disabilities group. There were no significant differences in parental overprotection between groups, however, qualitative analyses revealed differences in experiences of social anxiety and parental overprotection. Conclusions: Further research into factors associated with social anxiety in people with intellectual disabilities may inform adaptations to therapies and early intervention.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hemm C, Dagnan D, Meyer TD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Year: 2018

Volume: 31

Issue: 3

Pages: 360-368

Print publication date: 01/05/2018

Online publication date: 04/10/2017

Acceptance date: 31/08/2017

ISSN (print): 1360-2322

ISSN (electronic): 1468-3148

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/jar.12413


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