Prevalence of Social Phobia and its associated factors among Governmental Secondary School Female Students in Jeddah

Dr. Manar Nizar Ghulam

Joint Program Family & Community Medicine, Jeddah – 2014

This is a cross- sectional analytic study where the prevalence of Social phobia and its associated factors were determined. The aim of the study was to identify prevalence of social phobia, and its associated factors among Governmental Secondary School Female Students in Jeddah, 2014, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Therefore, acting on increasing awareness and associated factors can minimize it.

A self-administered SPIN questionnaire was the tool of the study. By simple random sampling, 285 students were selected from 2 secondary schools. The prevalence of Social Phobia was 49.8% among governmental secondary school female students in Jeddah. Older ages17-18-19 years old were associated significantly with higher prevalence of SP (55.4%, 68.2% and 62.5%) than 15 and 16 years (37% and 41.3) (P-value <0.001). Furthermore, education level of students was statistically significant (P value <0.002) where

third grade students had higher prevalence of SP (65.5%) compared to first and second grade 42.2% and 43.9%).

This study concluded that SP was overestimated and high in the study population and was associated significantly with age and education levels

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