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TitleThe impact of blushing propensity on functional impairment in individuals with social anxiety disorder
AuthorFell, Bryony
SubjectSocial anxiety disorder
SubjectSocial phobia
SubjectFunctional impairment
AbstractMagister Psychologiae - MPsych
AbstractThe propensity to blush is typical of many individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD). SAD is also associated with significant disability or functional impairment. The relationship between SAD, blushing and functional impairment is still not completely understood however. This study has focused on the association between the propensity to blush and reported level of functional impairment due to SAD. Data from thirty-eight (n=38) individuals with SAD, were collected via a larger study conducted at the MRC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Unit. Assessment tools include the Structured Clinical Interview for Axis I disorders – Patient Version (SCID -I/P), Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) and the Blushing Propensity Scale. Demographic and clinical data were gathered and reported on. Spearman rank order correlations were used to determine relationships between variables, including blushing propensity, disability and symptom severity. Results were reported on and then discussed using the social attention theory. Limitations and recommendations were proposed in the final and concluding chapter. This study, as part of a larger study at the MRC Research Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders, has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Stellenbosch
PublisherUniversity of the Western cape