Diferencias de género y edad en respuestas cognitivas, psicofisiológicas y motoras de ansiedad social en la adolescencia

Psicothema, ISSN 0214-9915, Vol. 22, Nº. 3, 2010, pags. 376-381
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ABSTRACT El objetivo de este estudio fue analizar las diferencias de género y edad en ansiedad social en la adolescencia a través de los factores que componen la subescala de Fobia Social del Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory (SPAI): Interacciones Sociales, Foco de Atención, Respuestas Cognitivas/Psicofisiológicas y Conductas de Evitación y Escape. La muestra se compuso de estudiantes de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (E.S.O.) de 12 a 17 años. Los resultados se presentan para la muestra general (N= 2.543) y para una muestra de adolescentes clasificados como grupo de alta ansiedad social (n= 317). En la muestra general, las chicas presentaron puntuaciones más altas en la subescala de Fobia Social y en todos sus factores, excepto en Evitación y Escape (d= 0,32 � 0,35). El análisis de las puntuaciones factoriales en la muestra de alta ansiedad reveló que los chicos evitan y escapan de las situaciones sociales significativamente más que las chicas (d= 0,23). No se hallaron diferencias de edad en ninguno de los factores para ninguna de las dos muestras.

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