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Behaviour Research and Therapy 41 (2003) 1381–1382


Book review

International handbook of social anxiety: concepts, research and interventions relating to

the self and shyness
W. Ray Crozier & Lynn E. Alden (Eds.): Wiley, Chichester (2001). xx + 563 pp., £ 90.00

This is a fascinating and important book, which should be obligatory reading for anyone work-
ing in the area of social anxiety, irrespective of their professional background or level of expertise.
With this handbook we now have an update of the important volumes by Jones, Cheek and Briggs
(1986) and Leitenberg (1990). The handbook under review comprises an introductory chapter on
the social nature of social anxiety (Crozier & Alden), which is followed by 22 chapters specially
written by distinguished researchers (Monroe A. Bruch, David M. Clark, Robert J. Edelmann,
Paul Gilbert, Richard G. Heimberg, Rick E. Ingram, Mark Leary, Ron Rapee, Peter Trower,
Thomas Widiger, Philip Zimbardo, to mention a few) with the aim of giving an account of what
each regards as important in his or her specialist area. The volume is organized into three sections,
concentrating respectively on the origins and development of social anxiety (e.g. biological and
environmental contributions to childhood shyness, physiological correlates), its implications for
social encounters and interpersonal relationships (e.g. attentional, motivational, and cognitive self-
processes in social anxiety and inhibition, relational schemas, blushing), and clinical interventions
designed to reduce anxiety and enhance social functioning (e.g. psychopharmacological treat-
ments, cognitive-behavioral group treatment, Zimbardo’s Stanford Model). Special populations
(e.g. children and adolescents) are also among the target groups described in this volume. By
presenting a more than adequate overview, this handbook fulfills both the promise of its title and
the major goal that its editors set out to achieve. A strong cast of international experts (albeit
from Anglo-Saxon countries only: UK, US, Canada and Australia) deal with all the challenges,
controversies, and risks that are on the brink of the science of social anxiety, including (cross-)
cultural factors in expression, meaning and assessment of social anxiety.


Jones, W.H., Cheek, J.M., & Briggs, S.R. (Eds.). (1986). Shyness: Perspectives on Research and Treatment. New York:
Plenum Press.
Leitenberg, H. (Ed). (1990). Handbook of Social and Evaluation Anxiety. New York: Plenum Press.
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W.A. Arrindell,
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
E-mail address: w.arrindell@ppsw.rug.nl