The importance of behavioral and cognitive factors in heterosexual-social anxiety1


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    Requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. James P. Curran, Psychology Service (116A1), VA Hospital/Brown University Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island 02908.


Subject groups were classified on the basis of behavioral ratings for degree of anxiety exhibited and level of social skill displayed during a simulated dating interaction. Subjects were then asked to view and evaluate their own skill performance and the performance of bogus subjects during the same interaction when presented on videotapes. All subject groups were accurate in rating the performance of the bogus subjects but the high anxious/high skill subjects underestimated (in comparison to judge's ratings) their own skill while high anxious/low skill subjects accurately assessed their poor performance. Implications of the establishment of two types of heterosexual-socially anxious subjects were drawn for both clinical practice and research.