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After discussing the background, retrospective, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of behavioral inhibition (BI) I feel that it is necessary to summarize the findings.
While BI and anxiety disorders have been shown to be associated in the literature, research has shown that psychosocial factors generally associated with anxiety are not associated with BI.
Features of an inhibited temperament mirror the symptoms of social anxiety and the relationship between the two has been examined using a variety of methodologies. Two retrospective surveys suggest strong continuity between early behavioral inhibition (BI) and social anxiety in adolescence and early adulthood.
Research has established that infants classified as inhibited continue to exhibit anxious and reserved behavior throughout childhood and into adolescence. As the features of an inhibited temperament mirror the symptoms of social anxiety, the relationship between the two has been examined.
Garcia-Coll, Kagan and Reznick (1984) define behavioral inhibition as a trait characterized by shy, withdrawn, uneasy, vigilant, and restrained behavior in the context of unfamiliar social or non social situations.