Year: 2001 Source: Psychiatric Services, v.52, no.5, (May 2001), p.637-643 SIEC No: 20041511

Data from an 8-year longitudinal study were analyzed to investigate the course of social phobia & to explore potential sex differences in the course & characteristics of the illness. Only 38% of women & 32% of men experienced a complete remission during the 8-year study period. Social phobia had a more chronic course among women who had low Global Assessment of Functioning scores & a history of suicide attempts at baseline than among men with these characteristics. The implications of these findings are discussed.