Stress Inoculation Training for Social Anxiety, with Emphasis on Dating Anxiety

  • Matt E. Jaremko


The last decade has seen an increasing concern with the assessment and treatment of social anxiety (Arkowitz, 1977; Curran, 1977; Rehm & Marston, 1968). A major impetus for this increasing interest has been the recognition that social anxiety represents a problem of considerable daily concern to individuals (Borkovec, Stone, O’Brien, & Kaloupek, 1974). Such problems as shyness, lack of assertion, dating anxiety, and fear of others represent the most important referral source in university counseling services (Orr & Mitchell, 1975) while at the same time representing a major concern of clinically referred populations (Kanter & Goldfried, 1979). When speaking of social anxiety, it is important to note that this construct refers to a continuum from shyness to the extreme degree of social phobia perhaps evident in the behavior of an agoraphobic. The importance of social anxiety reduction programs will no doubt increase in the future as community-oriented outreach programs attempt to meet the needs of problems in living (Barton & Sanborn, 1977). For example, a significant percentage of college campuses already offer outreach programs that attempt to deal with social anxiety (Morrill & Oettuig, 1978). This chapter will review previous work on the assessment and reduction of social anxiety with specific emphasis on dating anxiety. Attention will be paid to presenting and evaluating various treatment approaches. In particular, the chapter will focus on treatment programs that view social situations as stressful events and that utilize stress prevention and management tehniques to deal with the troublesome aspects of social interactions.


Social Skill Social Anxiety Social Situation Social Competence Cognitive Restructuring 
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  • Matt E. Jaremko
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MississippiUniversityUSA

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