A great bene?t of being a clinical child psychologist is the opportunity to conduct and review research on fascinating areas of human, youthful behavior. And perhaps no behavior is as central to human existence as social behavior, and the lack thereof. In writing this book, therefore, I have been doubly blessed with the chance to examine seminal works on behaviors that are so critical to the development and quality of life of children. This book covers the major historical aspects, characteristics, asse- ment strategies, and psychological treatment techniques for youths with social anxiety and social phobia. Chapter 1 provides an introduction to the related constructs and history of social phobia. Chapters 2 and 3 provide a summary of the characteristics and etiological variables that pertain most to youths with social anxiety and social phobia. Chapters 4 and 5 provide an overview of research- and clinically-based assessment strategies and recommendations for this population. Chapters 6-9 provide a description of treatment techniques that are most relevant and empirically supported for youths with social anxiety and social phobia. Chapter 10 covers issues regarding general and relapse prevention as well as dif?cult cases and future directions.
Christopher A. Kearney received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1990 from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prior to accepting an academic position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Kearney is currently a Professor of Psychology at UNLV and Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He has received several university awards for teaching and research and has published several books and dozens of journal articles regarding youths with anxiety disorders and school refusal behavior. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Behavior Therapy, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, and Journal of Gambling Studies.