Asocial and afraid: An examination of shyness and anxiety in emerging adulthood
shyness, social withdrawal, relationship quality, identity, religious beliefs, gender, emerging adult
Shy emerging adults report greater internalizing behaviors and lower quality close relationships, but fewer externalizing behaviors (Nelson et al., 2008). Although multiple forms of children’s and adolescents' social withdrawal have been identified, such as social fearfulness and social disinterest (withdrawal, but no fear; e.g., Coplan & Rubin, 2010), less work has been done to examine emerging adults’ multiple forms of withdrawal. Therefore, we conducted an online study of emerging adults (N = 813) at five American colleges and universities (57% women; 73% European American), and identified 29 asocial, 57 shy, and a comparison group of 314 emerging adults. Results indicated that shy- anxious emerging adults experienced the worst levels of adjustment; thus, being shy and anxious may impede important developmental tasks ofemerging adulthood, such as settling on one’s religious beliefs, developing an identity, and developing quality relationships with others (peers and parents).
Original Publication Citation
Barry, C. M., Nelson, L. J., & *Christofferson, J. (2013). Asocial and afraid: An examination of shyness and anxiety in emerging adulthood. Journal of Family Studies, 19, 2-18.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Barry, Carolyn McNamara; Nelson, Larry J.; and Christofferson, Jennifer L., "Asocial and afraid: An examination of shyness and anxiety in emerging adulthood" (2014). Faculty Publications. 4691.
Journal of Family Studies
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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