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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Moree, Brittany Nicole
URN etd-06082010-124222
Title The Relationship Among Self-Efficacy, Negative Self-Statements, and Social Anxiety in Children: A Mediation Model
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Davis III, Thompson E. Committee Chair
Hicks, Jason Committee Member
Matson, Johnny Committee Member
Matthews, Russell Committee Member
Keywords
  • children
  • negative self-statements
  • self-efficacy
  • social anxiety
Date of Defense 2010-05-11
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Evidence suggests that general self-efficacy, one’s beliefs about his or her global

abilities, and social self-efficacy, one’s beliefs in his or her ability to navigate social

situations, are strongly connected to levels of social anxiety. Negative self-statements,

also known as negative self-referent cognitions, have also been linked with levels of

social anxiety. Although self-efficacy and negative self-statements have been shown to

be important variables in the phenomenology and maintenance of social anxiety in

children, they have yet to be examined in conjunction with one another. The purpose of

this study was to examine the relationship between negative self-statements and selfefficacy

and examine both general self-efficacy and social self-efficacy as mediator

variables in the relationship between negative self-statements and social anxiety. This

study also aimed to determine which type of self-efficacy would be the best fit for the

proposed mediation model. To examine these variables, 126 children ages 11 to 14 years

recruited from the Louisiana State University Laboratory School were asked to complete

several questionnaires. Parents were contacted for consent and demographic information.

A significant relationship between negative self-statements and both general self-efficacy

and social self-efficacy respectively was established. Results also indicated that general

self-efficacy fully mediated the relationship between negative self-statements and social

anxiety while social self-efficacy only partially mediated the relationship between

negative self-statements and social anxiety. Treatment implications, limitations, and

future recommendations are discussed.

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