Positive Affect and Social Anxiety Across the Lifespan: An Investigation of Age as a Moderator

Jaclyn S. Weisman*, Thomas L. Rodebaugh, Patrick J. Brown, Elizabeth A. Mulligan

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Abstract

Recent literature has supported a moderate, inverse relationship between social anxiety and positive affect. It has been proposed, but not clearly established, that the inverse relationship between the constructs may be stronger in younger adults than in adults who are older. We tested this hypothesis in two archival data sets of community participants. The expected age-related interaction was not found in Study 1, which used a measure capturing a conflation of valence and arousal known as activated positive affect. Conversely, the interaction was present in Study 2, in which the positive affect measure was primarily based on valence. We found only partial support for the hypothesis, and results highlight the need for a more comprehensive measure of positive affect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • aging
  • anxiety disorders
  • positive affect
  • social anxiety
  • social phobia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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