Diagnosis of Social Phobia in Children:
A Test for Parents & Teachers
In order for social phobia to be diagnosed in children, the duration of social anxiety must be longer than 6 months, and a child's capacity for age-appropriate peer interactions must be established in order for a diagnosis to be made. (If kids lack the capacity for proper social interactions, such as is the case with autism, then this falls into the category of other disorders and does not qualify for social phobia.) The DSM-IV also recommends that social phobia should not be diagnosed in children who only exhibit problems during interaction with adults.
Does my child have social anxiety?
In an interview with parents, teachers, or the child themselves, a cognitive behavioral psychologist would ask some of the following questions in order to assess a youth's level of social inhibition. You can ask yourself some of the same questions, just keep in mind that this is an unofficial test to measure social anxiety, and a more thorough analysis by a professional pertaining to your specific child would be needed in order to make an official diagnosis.
Assessing a child's ability to form friendships