An investigation of social appearance anxiety and the perception of being looked at by others

Warren, Hanne (2017) An investigation of social appearance anxiety and the perception of being looked at by others. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

As with social anxiety, people with high social appearance anxiety (SAA) might experience increased perceptions of being looked at by others and elevated levels of self-focussed evaluative attention (SFEA). This study tested whether individuals with high SAA perceive more people look at them than do those with low SAA, and whether SFEA increases this perception. A sample of 52 low SAA and 48 high SAA participants completed questionnaires and experimental tasks online. Participants estimated the proportion of people looking at them in numerous matrices of faces. A control task of matrices of clocks was used. SFEA was experimentally manipulated. Those high in SAA estimated more people looking at them, and reported higher trait self-focussed attention. Increasing SFEA increased these individual’s estimates of faces looking at them but did not affect perceptions of non- social stimuli. Implications for clinical interventions and the body image literature are discussed. Future lines of research are recommended.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social appearance anxiety, perception of being observed, self-focussed attention, self-focussed evaluative attention, body image.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0698 Personality
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0530 Neuroses
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 12:18
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 13:35
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16355

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