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ISBN 9781606235225
Published April 20, 2010 by Guilford Press
336 Pages

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Book Description

While both positive and negative peer interactions have long been a focus of scientific interest, much less attention has been given to children who tend to refrain from interacting with peers. This volume brings together leading authorities to review progress in understanding the development, causes, and consequences of shyness and social withdrawal. Compelling topics include:

*The interplay of biological, psychological, family, and interpersonal processes in shyness and social withdrawal from infancy through adolescence.

*The impact on peer relationships and academic performance.

*Links among shyness, social withdrawal, and social anxiety disorder.

*The positive side of unsociability—when to leave children alone.

*Implications for clinical practice and educational interventions.

Table of Contents

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I. INTRODUCTION

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1. Social Withdrawal and Shyness in Childhood: History, Theories, Definitions, and Assessments, Robert J. Coplan and Kenneth H. Rubin

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II. Constructs and Conceptual Approaches

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2. Understanding Shyness: Four Questions and Four Decades of Research, Louis A. Schmidt and Arnold H. Buss

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3. Shyness and the Development of Embarrassment and the Self-Conscious Emotions, W. Ray Crozier

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4. Unsociability and the Preference for Solitude in Childhood, Robert J. Coplan and Murray Weeks

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5. Biological Moderators of Infant Temperament and Its Relation to Social Withdrawal, Nathan A. Fox and Bethany C. Reeb-Sutherland

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III. Personal and Interpersonal Processes

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6. Shyness, Parenting, and Parent–Child Relationships, Paul D. Hastings, Jacob N. Nuselovici, Kenneth H. Rubin, and Charissa S. L. Cheah

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7. Social Withdrawal in Childhood and Adolescence: Peer Relationships and Social Competence, Kenneth H. Rubin, Julie Bowker, and Heidi Gazelle

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8. Long-Term Development of Shyness: Looking Forward and Looking Backward, Jens B. Asendorpf

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IV. Contexts

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9. Language Performance, Academic Performance, and Signs of Shyness: A Comprehensive Review, Mary Ann Evans

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10. Shyness–Inhibition in Childhood and Adolescence: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, Xinyin Chen

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11. Electronic Communication: Escape Mechanism or Relationship-Building Tool for Shy, Withdrawn Children and Adolescents?, Barry H. Schneider and Yair Amichai-Hamburger

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12. “Once Upon a Time There Were a Blushful Hippo and a Meek Mouse”: A Content Analysis of Shy Characters in Young Children’s Storybooks, Robert J. Coplan, Kathleen Hughes, and Hilary Claire Rowsell

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V. Clinical Research, Practice, and Treatment

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13. Temperament and the Etiology of Social Phobia, Ronald M. Rapee

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14. Treating Social Anxiety in Youth, Matthew P. Mychailyszyn, Jeremy S. Cohen, Julie M. Edmunds, Sarah A. Crawley, and Philip C. Kendall

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Editor(s)

Biography

Kenneth H. Rubin, PhD, is Professor of Human Development and Director of the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at the University of Maryland. His research interests include children’s peer and family relationships and their social and emotional development. Dr. Rubin is the recipient of a Killam Research Fellowship (Canada Council) and an Ontario Mental Health Senior Research Fellowship, is past president of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, and has published 11 books and over 240 peer-reviewed chapters and articles. He is a Fellow of the Canadian and American Psychological Associations and the Association for Psychological Science.

Robert J. Coplan, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research interests concern the overlap between children’s social-emotional functioning and developmental psychopathology, with a primary focus on the development of shyness and social anxiety in childhood. Dr. Coplan is Editor of the journal Social Development and the author of the forthcoming books What Teachers Need to Know about Shyness and Social Development in Childhood and Adolescence: A Contemporary Reader.

Reviews

An excellent and needed summary of the evidence on the multifaceted concept of shyness. This volume will be of great value to investigators probing this domain, as well as to psychologists and psychiatrists who treat children. The book shows how shyness, social withdrawal, and social anxiety are distinct phenomena with distinct etiological pathways, even though the differences among them are often overlooked.--Jerome Kagan, PhD, Daniel and Amy Starch Research Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Harvard University
This is the definitive reference on shyness and social withdrawal, and a service to the field. Contributors have written accessible, up-to-date reviews on diverse aspects of the topic and also grapple with thorny theoretical issues. Even experienced scholars in the area will learn much of value from reading this volume. At the same time, the book is appropriate and accessible for practitioners and for graduate students interested in peer interactions, shyness and social withdrawal, and social anxiety and avoidance.--Nancy Eisenberg, PhD, Regents' Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University
This coherent volume provides an up-to-date review of a major aspect of socioemotional development. The editors begin with a masterly overview of conceptual approaches and relevant constructs. Chapters from highly regarded experts range from biological moderators of withdrawal to contextual influences and clinical implications. This book is a 'must' for anyone interested in understanding the many faces of shyness.--Joan Stevenson-Hinde, PhD, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Rubin and Coplan provide a rich literary buffet of current research in developmental aspects of shyness and related issues. Most of the contributors are recognize experts in their fields....The Development of Shyness and Social Withdrawal will be of interest to a wide audience, including developmental psychologists, social psychologists, psychotherapists, psychopathologists, and professionals in special education.
--PsycCRITIQUES, 2/20/2010ƒƒ
This volume answers many questions about shyness....The writing is uniformly clear throughout, which is admirable, given the multiple authors. This book will be valuable to many different audiences, from the more casual reader in need of a one-stop review, to the researcher seeking inspiration, to the clinician seeking guidance. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.
--Choice, 1/3/2011