Social interaction anxiety and personality traits predicting engagement in risky sexual behavior
Social anxiety disorder is a prevalent psychiatric condition, especially among adolescents (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 204). Individuals with social interaction anxiety, which pertains to interpersonal exchanges with others, ruminate on perceived failures in past interactions, withdraw from or avoid social encounters, and engage in coping behaviors in response to negative feelings (Clark & Wells, 1995; Hoffman, 2007; Kashdan, 2004; Leary, 2001). While the majority of individuals with social interaction anxiety avoid risky situations, a subset engages in risky behaviors, including ...
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