Quality of Life in College Students with and without Social Phobia

Gholam Hossein Ghaedi Æ Azadeh Tavoli Æ Maryam Bakhtiari Æ Mahdieh Melyani Æ Mahdi Sahragard
Accepted:6June2009  Springer Science+Business Media B.V.2009
Abstract Prior studies demonstrating quality of life impairment in phobia and anxiety disorders have relied upon epidemiological samples or clinical data. Using the same quality of life scale, the Short Form36-item Health Survey(SF-36), in Iranian college students allowed us to study the impact of social phobia(SP) on quality of life among the college students. This report summarizes findings from across sectional study on Iranian students with social phobia studying at Shahed University. Quality of life was measured using the Short Form36-item Health Survey(SF-36) which is a widely used and valid questionnaire to measure quality of life in cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Three standard instruments were used to measure social phobia severity, namely Social Phobia Inventory,Social Interaction Anxiety Scale, and Brief version of the Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale. The sample consisted of 202 college students, 72 with SP and 130

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