Russell, G. and Topham, P.
The impact of social anxiety on student learning and well-being in higher education.
Journal of Mental Health, 21 (4).
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2012.694505
Background: This paper reports findings from two complementary web-surveys conducted in the UK, in
which 787 university students described their experiences of social anxiety.
Aims: The aim was to explore the impact of social anxiety on student learning and well-being in the context of higher education.
Method: Participants self-selected using a screening tool and completed a web-based questionnaire.
Results: The findings are consistent with previous research on social anxiety and suggest that for a significant
minority of students, social anxiety is a persistent, hidden disability that impacts on learning and well-being.
Conclusions: The findings highlight the need for enhanced pedagogic support for students with social anxiety.
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