Social Anxiety and Close Relationships: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study

  • Kate Elisabeth Jane Nielsen University of Calgary
  • Sharon L. Cairns University of Calgary
Keywords: Applied Practice

Abstract

Few studies have looked at social anxiety and close relationships. Whereas these studies were quantitative, this study used a qualitative approach, hermeneutic phenomenology to explore the meaning of being in a close relationship for eight individuals with social anxiety. Participants completed a written questionnaire with open-ended questions about their experiences in their closest relationship. The themes suggest that these individuals are capable of forming close relationships. However, they tend to adopt an insecure attachment style in their relationships. The themes are discussed in light of cognitive behavioural and interpersonal theory and therapy.

Author Biographies

Kate Elisabeth Jane Nielsen, University of Calgary
MSc, Counselling Psychology, University of Calgary
Sharon L. Cairns, University of Calgary
Associate Professor, University of Calgary PhD
Published
2010-06-29
How to Cite
Nielsen, K. E. J., & Cairns, S. L. (2010). Social Anxiety and Close Relationships: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 43(3). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/58869
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