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Special Issue "Social Anxiety During COVID-19 Pandemic"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 1241

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Glen Bates
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Guest Editor
Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: social anxiety; disorder; self-compassion; narrative identity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted mental health worldwide.  Many clinical conditions have increased in severity due to the social and emotional stress created by the pandemic and measures it has necessitated to restrict the spread of the virus. Particular attention has been given to increases in health anxiety, depression, and loneliness.  To date, the effects of the pandemic on problematic social anxiety has received less attention.  However, the severe disruption of normal patterns of social interaction brought on by the pandemic is likely to substantially influence socially related anxiety.  The fear of negative evaluation by others that characterises social anxiety (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) may be exacerbated by the compromised nature of face-to-face social interaction in the pandemic.  Similarly, distress from negatively focused self-consciousness may also be increased by reliance on social media to communicate with others in social and working environments. Alternatively, limited face-to-face social interaction may reduce the pressure of social participation and possibly alleviate social anxiety.

This special edition seeks to understand the range of effects on social anxiety of living in the context of the pandemic.  Contributions are sought that explore the experience of socially anxious individuals across the life span and in different cultural contexts. An added interest is in the adaptions made to treat social anxiety due to the restrictions of the pandemic.  We seek to reflect a multidisciplinary perspective on social anxiety during the pandemic and encourage contributions from disciplines across the field of public and environmental health. Papers are invited in the form of reviews, quantitative and qualitative empirical research, case studies and opinion pieces. 

Prof. Glen Bates
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • social anxiety disorder
  • stress regulation
  • treatment of social anxiety, cultural and age differences
  • impact of social media use

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