Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Michiyo Hirai

Second Advisor

Dr. Gary Montgomery

Third Advisor

Dr. Jason Popan


This study examined the severity of social anxiety symptoms and levels of perceived anxiety control in a Latino sample. It explored how perceived control, over anxiety-provoking events and reactions to those events, contributed to social anxiety symptoms of social interaction fears and performance fears. Potential gender effects were also examined. Gender differences for fear of performance and for levels of perceived anxiety control were found. However, no gender difference was found for social interaction fears. In general, men reported higher levels of perceived anxiety control than women. Low perceived anxiety control significantly correlated with higher social interaction fears and performance fears of social anxiety disorder. The relationship between perceived anxiety control and social anxiety disorder symptoms was not moderated by gender, suggesting that the role of perceived control in social anxiety may be gender invariant in Latinos.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Psychology Commons