Discomfort with Friendly Giving in Individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder
Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment | Uitgave 3/2020Log in om toegang te krijgen
Prior research focusing on social anxiety and impairment in friendships has explored the role of specific behaviors within friendships, such as receiving favors from a friend, in its relation to social anxiety symptoms and friendship quality. In a prior study, we examined three types of reactions to favors (negative reactions to favors, positive reactions to favors, and expectation of tit-for-tat behavior) and explored how these reactions relate to social anxiety, which resulted in the creation of the Favor Scale, a measure of an individual’s response to friendly giving. In the current study, we explore the psychometric properties of the Favor Scale in a sample of individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder (GSAD) and a sample of healthy controls (NOSAD). Results largely replicated the three-factor structure of the Favor Scale (with the removal of a single item in the GSAD group) and findings suggested both tit-for-tat behavior and negative reactions to favors are elevated in GSAD individuals compared to NOSAD individuals.