Social phobia, a descriptive epidemiologic study of socio-demographic characteristics, comorbidity, age of onset and risk factors
Chartier, Mariette J.
Although them has been recent interest in epidemiology of social phobia, many aspects remain to be explored. First, there is a dearth of knowledge of childhood risk factors for the disorder. Second, while it has been suggested that the presence of social phobia my be a risk factor for other serious disorders, such as major depression and alcohol abuse, replication of earlier research on relative age of onset would strengthen this finding. Finally, socio-de ographic characteristics and comorbidity of social phobia have bow described, but no studies have examined these aspects using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) in a Canadian sample. This proves to be important as the CIDI has a more comprehensive section dealing with social phobia than other interviews previously used in epidemiological surveys. Analysis using the Ontario Health Survey Mental Health Supplement (OHS-MHS) has shown that prevalence rates of mental disorders and other factors vary between Canada and the United States. Aspects of social phobia considered in this study are socio-demographic characteristics, rates of comorbid disorders, age of onset of social phobia relative to the age of onset of comorbid disorders and childhood adversities. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)