Twenty-Three. Social Withdrawal and Shyness

  1. Peter K. Smith4 and
  2. Craig H. Hart5
  1. Kenneth H. Rubin1,
  2. Robert J. Coplan2,
  3. Julie C. Bowker3 and
  4. Melissa Menzer1

Published Online: 22 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch23

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition

How to Cite

Rubin, K. H., Coplan, R. J., Bowker, J. C. and Menzer, M. (2010) Social Withdrawal and Shyness, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition (eds P. K. Smith and C. H. Hart), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England

  2. 5

    Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

  2. 2

    Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

  3. 3

    University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196796

Online ISBN: 9781444390933

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Keywords:

  • social withdrawal and shyness;
  • theoretical origins of developmental research - on social withdrawal, writings of Piaget and Mead;
  • peer interaction, influencing children's understanding of rules and norms - of their peer subcultures;
  • social withdrawal and shyness;
  • social withdrawal, “umbrella term” - two different “reasons” why children might choose to play alone;
  • shyness, most stable of temperamental and personality characteristics;
  • temperamental shyness - biological underpinnings, development of shyness and social withdrawal in infancy and childhood;
  • correlates and outcomes of shyness and social withdrawal;
  • withdrawn children, likely as nonwithdrawn ones - to have at least one mutual stable best friendship;
  • etiological factors, producing - a socially withdrawn profile in childhood

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining Social Withdrawal and Shyness

  • Developmental Origins of Shyness and Social Withdrawal

  • Correlates and Outcomes of Shyness and Social Withdrawal

  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Shyness and Social Withdrawal

  • Conclusion

  • References