| Published: December 20, 2016
Prevalence of Social Phobia among School Going Adolescents
Context: Little is known about the prevalence of social phobia among school going adolescents in North East states of India. Despite the wide prevalence of social phobia, individuals with social phobia often do not seek treatment and this lead to impairment on daily activities. Aim: To assess prevalence of social phobia among school going adolescents. Methods and Material: The present study was a cross sectional descriptive study design. Schools were selected from urban areas of Sonitpur district, Assam. Socio demographic data sheet; The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) and The Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) were administered to the participants. The statistical analysis was done using SPSS-16 statistical software using appropriate statistical test. Percentage, chi-square test and person correlation test was done. Results: A total of 561 students participated in the study. In the study 14.6% of the participants had moderate level of social anxiety, 12.8% of the participants had marked social anxiety and 2.5% of the participants had severe social anxiety. Results from the present study showed that 38.3 % of the participants reported to have social phobia and 61.7 % of the participants were found to be below cut off score (normal).Further in the study no gender difference was found in social phobia. Conclusion: The study shows that there is a prevalence of social phobias among school adolescents in Tezpur, Assam. Therefore, early detection and adequate intervention is crucial to reduce overall burden and disability associated with psychiatric disorder in adolescent population.
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© 2016, U Harikrishnan, A Ali, H Sobhana
Received: October 08, 2016; Revision Received: November 09, 2016; Accepted: December 20, 2016
Published in Volume 04, Issue 1, October-December, 2016