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dc.contributor.authorGretarsdottir, Erla
dc.contributor.authorWoodruff-Borden, Janet
dc.contributor.authorMeeks, Suzanne
dc.contributor.authorDepp, Colin A
dc.date.accessioned2006-05-02T13:15:56Z
dc.date.available2006-05-02T13:15:56Z
dc.date.issued2004-04-01
dc.identifier.citationBehav Res Ther 2004, 42(4):459-75en
dc.identifier.issn0005-7967
dc.identifier.pmid14998739
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0005-7967(03)00156-6
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2336/2176
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dc.description.abstractAlthough phobias represent the most common anxiety disorders among the elderly, little is known about their social nature. The present study provides information about the prevalence, measurement, and phenomenology of social anxiety in older adults (n = 283) and compares results to those of younger adults (n = 318). Analyses revealed that social anxiety is less prevalent in old age than it is within younger cohorts and is associated with different symptomatology. The psychopathological profile of those who reach clinical levels of social anxiety is however similar, irrespective of age. Results regarding the psychometric properties of the SPAI when used for the elderly were promising, but the questionnaire appears to be difficult for some older adults to complete. Results are discussed in terms of explanations for age differences in social anxiety, initial psychometrics of the SPAI in an older adult sample, and suggestions for future research.
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dc.publisherElsiveren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6V5W-49505B4-1/2/2e7ed3975689fcad2945149d65d464feen
dc.subjectSocial anxietyen
dc.subjectPsychiatryen
dc.subjectOlder adultsen
dc.subjectAnxietyen
dc.titleSocial anxiety in older adults: phenomenology, prevalence, and measurement.en
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html.description.abstractAlthough phobias represent the most common anxiety disorders among the elderly, little is known about their social nature. The present study provides information about the prevalence, measurement, and phenomenology of social anxiety in older adults (n = 283) and compares results to those of younger adults (n = 318). Analyses revealed that social anxiety is less prevalent in old age than it is within younger cohorts and is associated with different symptomatology. The psychopathological profile of those who reach clinical levels of social anxiety is however similar, irrespective of age. Results regarding the psychometric properties of the SPAI when used for the elderly were promising, but the questionnaire appears to be difficult for some older adults to complete. Results are discussed in terms of explanations for age differences in social anxiety, initial psychometrics of the SPAI in an older adult sample, and suggestions for future research.


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