Frequency and intensity of social anxiety in Asian Americans and European Americans

Matthew R. Lee, Sumie Okazaki, Hyung Chol Yoo

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Asian American students have typically reported greater levels of social anxiety than European American students on self-report measures (e.g., Okazaki, 1997; Norasakkunkit & Kalick, 2002). This study employed an event-contingent experience sampling methodology to examine whether Asian American university students experienced social anxiety more often and more intensely than European Americans in their daily lives. Forty-five Asian American and 38 European American students participated in a two-week diary study. The results showed that on average, Asian Americans and European Americans reported a similar number of events that evoked anxiety in social situations, but Asian Americans reported more negative emotions on average in social situations than did European Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-305
Number of pages15
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • Asian American college students
  • Experience sampling methodology
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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