An 8-Year Longitudinal Comparison of Clinical Course and Characteristics of Social Phobia Among men and Women
Yonkers K A~~Dyck I R~~Keller M B
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.