Post-event processing in social anxiety

Behav Res Ther. 2000 Jun;38(6):611-7. doi: 10.1016/s0005-7967(99)00089-3.


A psychometric study was conducted in order to collect basic information about post-event processing in social anxiety. It was found that such processing occurs commonly after an anxiety-evoking or embarrassing social event and post-event processing scores were significantly correlated (r = 0.40) with social anxiety. The recollections of the social event tended to be recurrent and intrusive, interfering with concentration. Post-event processing was associated with the avoidance of similar social situations. The results are discussed in terms of the Clark and Wells model of social phobia.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / diagnosis
  • Anxiety / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phobic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology*
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires