Social phobia: Further evidence of dimensional structure

Erica Crome*, Andrew Baillie, Tim Slade, Ayelet Meron Ruscio

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    Objective: Social phobia is a common mental disorder associated with significant impairment. Current research and treatment models of social phobia rely on categorical diagnostic conceptualizations lacking empirical support. This study aims to further research exploring whether social phobia is best conceptualized as a dimension or a discrete categorical disorder. Methods: This study used three distinct taxometric techniques (mean above minus below a cut, maximum Eigen value and latent mode) to explore the latent structure of social phobia in two large epidemiological samples, using indicators derived from diagnostic criteria and associated avoidant personality traits. Results: Overall, outcomes from multiple taxometric analyses supported dimensional structure. This is consistent with conceptualizations of social phobia as lying on a continuum with avoidant personality traits. Conclusions: Support for the dimensionality of social phobia has important implications for future research, assessment, treatment, and public policy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1012-1020
    Number of pages9
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


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