Social Phobia symptoms across the adult lifespan

Miloyan, Beyon, Bulley, Adam, Pachana, Nancy A. and Byrne, Gerard J. (2014) Social Phobia symptoms across the adult lifespan. Journal of Affective Disorders, 168 86-90. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2014.06.029

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Author Miloyan, Beyon
Bulley, Adam
Pachana, Nancy A.
Byrne, Gerard J.
Title Social Phobia symptoms across the adult lifespan
Journal name Journal of Affective Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0327
1573-2517
Publication date 2014-07-05
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jad.2014.06.029
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 168
Start page 86
End page 90
Total pages 5
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 3203 Clinical Psychology
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract Background: This study investigated symptom patterns that might distinguish between individuals with and without a diagnosis of Social Phobia (SP) across the adult lifespan.
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Background: This study investigated symptom patterns that might distinguish between individuals with and without a diagnosis of Social Phobia (SP) across the adult lifespan.

Methods: A sample of 5411 self-reported social worriers was derived from Wave 1 (2001 and 2002) of the U.S. National Epidemiological Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Participants were stratified into four age groups (18-29 years, 30-44 years, 45-64 years, 65-96 years), and further divided into two diagnostic groups (self-reported social worriers with and without a SP diagnosis).

Results: Binary logistic regression analyses revealed that a core set of symptoms was associated with SP across the adult lifespan. There were also successive reductions in the number of symptoms associated with SP in each age group, such that older adults endorsed numerically fewer SP symptoms.

Limitations: Though our sample size is smaller than ideal for the nature of our analyses, the NESARC represents one of the largest existing clinical datasets we know of.

Conclusions: Despite age-related reductions in symptom frequency, a core set of SP symptoms consistently distinguished between diagnostic groups, irrespective of age.
Keyword Social anxiety
Symptom presentation
Assessment
Diagnosis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 5 July 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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