The current study examined the relationship between social support from classmates and close friends and social anxiety in a sample of 377 adolescent students in grades 9–12. The results of the current study suggest that both the frequency and importance placed on support from classmates and close friends is associated with social anxiety. Interestingly, although the frequency of support was negatively associated with social anxiety, the importance or value placed on these behaviors was positively associated with symptoms of social anxiety. In addition, when considering support from classmates, the importance of support moderated the relationship between the frequency of social support and social anxiety, with students with low levels of support but high importance ratings demonstrating the highest levels of social anxiety. Implications of these findings and how they relate to intervention efforts for socially anxious students are discussed.
- Mental health services
- Social support