Birth complications relate to behavioral inhibition and social anxiety symptoms during middle childhood

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Recent work from CAT Lab researcher Santiago Morales examined the roles of temperament and birth complications in social anxiety symptoms during middle childhood. Children (9 - 12 years) who experienced birth complications exhibited higher levels of both fearful temperament (i.e., behavioral inhibition) and social anxiety symptoms. Additionally, analyses suggested that behavioral inhibition acted as a pathway between birth complications and social anxiety symptoms. This study sets the stage for future longitudinal work examining whether childhood temperament is a developmental path by which birth complications lead to social anxiety symptoms.

The full paper can be read in Infant and Child Development.