Arch Iran Med. 2010;13(6): 522-527.
PMID: 21039009
Scopus ID: 78649407069
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Social Phobia Symptoms: Prevalence and Sociodemographic Correlates

Siavash Talepasand, Mostafa Nokani


BACKGROUND: Social phobia is a highly prevalent disorder in western countries, but is rather rare in eastern societies. Prevalence rates range from 0.5% in eastern studies and up to 16% in western studies. The present study examined the prevalence of social phobia in the Iranian general population and demographic characteristics associated with this anxiety disorder.

 METHODS: Participants included 701 subjects from Golestan Province. Measures included the Social Phobia Inventory and a socio-demographic questionnaire. Demographic correlates of social phobia were also examined.

 RESULTS: Probable social phobia was present in 10.1% of the total sample (8.6% male and 11.6% female). Sex, social support, residence, education, and job correlated with social phobia.

 CONCLUSIONS: Our findings corroborate those from other studies in western countries, both regarding the high prevalence of SP symptoms and its demographic correlates.

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