Children’s judgements of social withdrawal behaviours

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Ding et al. (2015) demonstrated that Chinese children discriminate between the three subtypes of social withdrawal: shyness, unsociability, and social avoidance. This commentary on the Ding et al. paper highlights the need to further explore: 1) children’s understanding of the implications of being shy, unsociable, or socially avoidant, including assessing these which we know are associated with outcomes for socially withdrawn children; 2) what additional subtypes might exist naturally within the Chinese culture; 3) consider the implications of social withdrawal on children’s developing social skills.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-182
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date8 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • social withdrawal
  • social avoidance
  • shyness
  • unsociability
  • culture

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