Screening of social phobia symptoms in a sample of Egyptian university students

Menan Abdel Maksoud Rabie, Eman Shorab, Dina Elgabry, Karim Abdel Aziz, Walaa Mohamed Sabry, Ola Aufa, Reem Elghamry, Ghada Hassan, Nahla Nagy

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Background: Public speaking is a main requisite for academic achievement amongst university students. Epidemiological data on social phobia among University students in the Arab World are scarce. Objectives: To screen for social phobia symptoms in a representative sample of Egyptian university students, and to highlight some putative risk factors associated with them. Methods: Two thousand nine hundred and nineteen Egyptian university students participated in the study. They were screened for social phobia using Brief Social Phobia Scale (BSPS). Students total and subdomain scores on the BSPS were correlated with their demographic and scholastic variables. Results: Social phobia symptoms were estimated to be prevalent among (44%) of the study sample. A significant (p < 0.05) negative correlation was found between students’ age and avoidance scores on BSPS and between students’ educational year and their scores on fear, avoidance and physiologic subdomains on the BSPS. Regression analysis pointed out to a number of predictive factors for the higher total BSPS scores such as female gender and being a medical student. Discussion: Our study demonstrated a high rate of social phobia symptoms in university students. It also demonstrated a number of significant predictive factors associated with the domains of social phobia such as gender, BMI, scholastic year and faculty type.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalRevista de Psiquiatria Clinica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2019


  • BSPS
  • Egypt
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Students
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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