The Relationship between Parenting Styles and Social Anxiety Symptoms with the Mediating Role of Fear of Negative Evaluation

Document Type : Original Article


1 MA in clinical psychology, Azad tehran jonob university, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between parenting styles and social anxiety symptoms with the mediation of negative self-evaluation.
Methods: The study population included the students of the University of Tehran and the Islamic Azad University of South Tehran in 2019-20. A total of 306 were selected by convenience sampling method, who responded to the questionnaires. The research tools were the Social Phobia Inventory (Connor et al., 2000), the Parental Authority Questionnaire (PAQ) (Buri, 1991), and the questionnaire of negative consequences of social events (Wilson and Rapi, 2005). Pearson's correlation test indicated a significant negative relationship between authoritative parenting and social anxiety and a significant positive relationship between permissive and authoritarian parenting styles, as well as negative self-evaluation and social anxiety.
Results: The results of the path analysis test revealed that negative self-evaluation has a significant indirect effect (mediating role) on the relationship between parenting styles and social anxiety.
Conclusion: These results can be used to explain the psychopathology of social anxiety symptoms. In addition, self-evaluation and empowering parents to apply appropriate parenting styles can reduce disorders such as social anxiety.


Volume 2, Issue 6
July 2022
Pages 22-31
  • Receive Date: 16 August 2022
  • Revise Date: 22 August 2022
  • Accept Date: 23 August 2022
  • First Publish Date: 23 August 2022