Cross-cultural approach to anxiety disorders

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William Eysenck
Michael Eysenck
Cite this article:  Eysenck, W., & Eysenck, M. (2010). Cross-cultural approach to anxiety disorders. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 38(6), 759-760.


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In his theory of anxiety disorders, Eysenck (1997) argued that focus on one’s own behavior is associated with social phobia, whereas focus on future-oriented threat cognitions is associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. These foci occur in part because social phobics tend to be introverted and obsessive-compulsives either perceive themselves as having onerous responsibilities or actually do have them (e.g., women with infants). These assumptions have empirical support (Eysenck).

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