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Social phobia, fear of negative evaluation and harm avoidance

  • M. Faytout (a1) (a2), J. Tignol (a1), J. Swendsen (a2), D. Grabot (a1), B. Aouizerate (a1) and J.P. Lépine (a3)...


This naturalistic, prospective investigation examined the role of fear of negative evaluation and the personality trait of harm avoidance in the anxiety levels of treated social phobia patients. One hundred and fifty-seven patients with DSM-IV social phobia were assessed before starting treatment and were then followed for up to two years. As expected, greater fear of negative evaluation and higher scores of harm avoidance were associated with greater anxiety at the 6 month follow-up, and harm avoidance remained a significant predictor at 24 months. However, no evidence was found for an interaction between the personality and cognitive variables examined. The findings are discussed in terms of the relative independence of these factors, as well as their potential implications for the treatment of this disorder.


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*Corresponding author. Laboratory of Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology, University of Bordeaux 2, 3 ter, place de la Victoire, 33076 Bordeaux cedex, France. E-mail address: (M. Faytout).


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Social phobia, fear of negative evaluation and harm avoidance

  • M. Faytout (a1) (a2), J. Tignol (a1), J. Swendsen (a2), D. Grabot (a1), B. Aouizerate (a1) and J.P. Lépine (a3)...


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Social phobia, fear of negative evaluation and harm avoidance

  • M. Faytout (a1) (a2), J. Tignol (a1), J. Swendsen (a2), D. Grabot (a1), B. Aouizerate (a1) and J.P. Lépine (a3)...
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