Sociology Faculty Research

Title

Social Anxiety and Peer Helping in Adolescent Addiction Treatment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 5-2015

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Volume

39

Issue

5

First Page

887

Last Page

895