Beyond behaviour: Is social anxiety low in Williams syndrome

Helen Dodd, Carolyn Schniering, Melanie Porter

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Individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) exhibit striking social behaviour that may be indicative of abnormally low social anxiety. The present research aimed to determine whether social anxiety is unusually low in WS and to replicate previous findings of increased generalised anxiety in WS using both parent and self report. Fifteen individuals with WS aged 12-28 years completed the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale (SCAS) and the Children’s Automatic Thoughts Scale (CATS). Their responses were compared to clinically anxious and community comparison groups matched on mental age. The findings suggest that WS is not associated with unusually low social anxiety but that generalised anxiety symptoms and physical threat thoughts are increased in WS, relative to typically developing children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1673-1681
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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