Social Anxiety and Peer Helping in Adolescent Addiction Treatment
The developmental need to fit in may lead to higher alcohol and other drug use among socially anxious youths which exacerbates the drink/trouble cycle. In treatment, youths with social anxiety disorder (SAD) may avoid participating in therapeutic activities with risk of negative peer appraisal. Peer-helping is a low-intensity, social activity in the 12-step program associated with greater abstinence among treatment-seeking adults. This study examined the influence of SAD on clinical severity at intake, peer-helping during treatment, and outcomes in a large sample of adolescents court-referred to residential treatment.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Pagano, Maria E.; Wang, Alexandra R.; Rowles, Brieana M.; Lee, Matthew T.; and Johnson, Byron R., "Social Anxiety and Peer Helping in Adolescent Addiction Treatment" (2015). Sociology Faculty Research. 3.