A new study published in Infant and Child Development indicates that complications during birth may increase the risk that children will develop social anxiety by their pre-teen years.
For the study, 149 children aged nine to 12 years were screened for behavioral inhibition—a tendency to exhibit a fearful disposition and withdrawal in unfamiliar contexts and situations—and assessed for social anxiety symptoms using parent- and child-reports. Investigators found that perinatal complications were associated with higher levels of behavioral inhibition and social anxiety symptoms.
Additionally, analyses suggested that behavioral inhibition acted as a pathway between birth complications and social anxiety symptoms.
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