A Theoretical Framework for Understanding Social Anxiety in the Context of Career Development
Keywords:Social Anxiety, Career Development, Framework
Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent across the lifespan and, if left untreated, are associated with negative outcomes in many domains of functioning. Nine subtypes have been identified, with social anxiety disorder (SAD) being one of the most common. Not only does SAD impact social functioning, there are also negative implications for functioning in the work and school domains. Despite this impact, little research has explored how to promote positive career outcomes for young adults with SAD. In order to identify ways to promote career development for youth with SAD, a theoretical framework to help conceptualize SAD in the context of career development is imperative. This paper presents, in detail, how the social cognitive career theory can provide such a framework. Implications for practice will also be discussed.
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