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Development of internalizing problems in adolescence

The project examines why social anxiety tends to persist over time in some adolescents and can lead to serious complications. A complex interplay between the social environment and adolescents’ personal characteristics is typically invoked to account for this persistence and the accompanying complications. Parenting and relationships with peers are thought to be important factors in the social environment and regarding adolescents’ personal characteristics the emphasis is on physiological processes (and stress reactivity in particular) and genetic forms of vulnerability. The main type of genetic factors examined in the project are processes that make it more difficult to read the information contained in the genes (i.e., epigenetic factors). The project also examines how loneliness and social anxiety are related to one another during adolescence. This association across time is analyzed in longitudinal research. Commonalities and differences between theoretical models of loneliness and social anxiety are also explored.

Date:1 Oct 2021 →  Today
Keywords:Social anxiety, adolescence, loneliness, stress reactivity, methylation
Disciplines:Social and emotional development
Project type:PhD project