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Consequences of Upward Social Comparisons in Social Anxiety

Title: Consequences of Upward Social Comparisons in Social Anxiety.
Name(s): Mitchell, Melissa A., author
Schmidt, Norman B., professor directing thesis
Joiner, Thomas E., Jr., committee member
Maner, Jon, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Although social comparisons have been observed in social anxiety, the effects from the direction of the social comparison have not been adequately tested in social anxiety. This study examined the impact of an upward comparison (UC) vs. same level comparison on negative self-appraisal, negative affect, and anxiety in high vs. low social anxiety. Participants read about another student's adjustment to college in which the person has adjusted better/more smoothly or has adjusted similarly to the participants. Participants completed baseline and post-comparison measures of their negative self-appraisal, negative affect, and anxiety. Although results failed to support the study hypotheses, the manipulation appeared to mostly influence female, but not male participants. Limitations and future directions for examining social comparison in social anxiety are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2379 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: March 31, 2010.
Keywords: Social Comparison, Social Anxiety
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Norman B. Schmidt, Professor Directing Thesis; Thomas E. Joiner, Jr., Committee Member; Jon Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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