Recall of family factors in social phobia and panic disorder: Comparison of mother and offspring reports

Ronald M. Rapee*, Lynda F. Melville

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    Abstract

    Previous research has indicated that adults with various anxiety disorders, especially social phobia, recall their parents as excessively protective and controlling and as low in socialization. However, it is not clear whether such results would be supported by parents. In the present study subjects with social phobia, panic disorder, and nonclinical subjects and their mothers were given parallel measures of maternal control, socialization, and offspring early introverted behaviors as well as several questions relating to two early major life events and family size. Anxious offspring reported the usual high maternal control and low paternal socialization and mothers supported the data on socialization. On control, mothers provided mixed results, disagreeing on a more standard measure, but showing agreement on a more operationalized measure. The data were more consistent for social phobia than for panic disorder. In terms of early life factors, both anxiety disorders were associated with fewer friends and more introverted behaviors, while family size and two major life events did not differentiate groups.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7-11
    Number of pages5
    JournalDepression and Anxiety
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

    Keywords

    • Agoraphobia
    • Childrearing
    • Early life events
    • Etiology
    • Modeling
    • Panic disorder
    • Social phobia

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