Characterising negative mental imagery in adolescent social anxiety

Kenny Chiu, David M. Clark, Eleanor Leigh

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Understanding the role of self-imagery in the development of social anxiety in adolescence holds promise for improving intervention. Cross-sectional studies indicate that imagery characteristics are associated with social anxiety symptoms, however, prospective studies are lacking. The current study examined concurrent and prospective associations between two image characteristics, namely observer-perspective and vividness, with social anxiety symptoms in a community adolescent sample (N = 616; 53% girls; aged 11–15 years). In addition, we examined common themes in the negative social anxiety-related images.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956–966
Number of pages11
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Issue number5
Early online date5 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Adolescent
  • Prospective
  • Social anxiety
  • Negative self-imagery
  • Observer-perspective
  • Vividness

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