Gehtmane-Hofmane, Ilona; Nīmante, Dita
December 2014
Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference of Daugav;2014, Issue 56, p264
Conference Proceeding
The Article considers the use of such terms as social anxiety and social phobia within historical and nowadays context; it reflects a theoretically-reasoned characterization of social anxiety and adults having disorders caused by social anxiety. Findings allowed determining of the anthropological development of the term social anxiety. The analysis of definitions, criteria and features for diagnostics of such terms as social phobia and social anxiety allowed to elaborate a theoretical characterization of social anxiety. The purpose of the Article is to promote a clear and unified comprehension of this disorder by elaborating a pedagogical intervention program for solving of problems related to social anxiety in adults. By analysis of anthropological development, definitions and criteria for diagnostics of terms social phobia and social anxiety, the authors conclude that the terms social phobia and social anxiety are used to denote the same type of disorders. Results of analysis of specific and general features of social phobia and social anxiety allow elaborating of theoretical characterization of social anxiety and an adult having disorders caused by social anxiety. The elaborated theoretical characterization of social anxiety and an adult having disorders caused by social anxiety creates the necessary ground for the development of pedagogical intervention program. The authors consider that it is very significant to critically structure the features of social anxiety according to its primary and secondary display. The more precise and clear the differentiation will be performed, the more successful elaboration of pedagogical intervention program for reduction of social anxiety in adults having disorders caused by social anxiety will be possible.


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