Social Phobia and its Association with Academic Performance among Student of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran

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shahrzad Mazhari 1 , Maryam Ekhlaspour 2 , * , Nabi Banazadeh 1

1 Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Neuroscience Research Center, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

2 General Practitioner, Neuroscience Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Mazhari S, Ekhlaspour M , Banazadeh N . Social Phobia and its Association with Academic Performance among Student of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran , Strides Dev Med Educ. 2014 ; 11(2):e60442.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 11 (2); e60442
Published Online: April 28, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 19, 2017
Accepted: November 13, 2013

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Public speaking is a common academic activity. Social phobia is associated with fear of public speaking which affects educational achievement. However, few researches have examined the prevalence of social phobia among university students in Iran. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of social phobia among students of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran, and its impact on their academic performance.

Methods: Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN), Brief Version of Negative Evaluation Scale, and a questionnaire assessing demographic characteristics and academic performance were applied to 700 randomly selected students from Kerman University of Medical Sciences.

Results: The prevalence of social phobia among the university students was 40.6%. Grade Point Average (GPA) was not significantly different between the students with social phobia comparing to students without social phobia. Yet, students with social phobia believed that fear of speaking in public had negative effects on their academic performance. In this study, only 4.1% of students with social phobia have been visited by psychiatrists.

Conclusion: Preventive strategies are recommended to reduce the under-recognition and the adverse impact of social phobia on academic performance of university students.

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Social phobia Academic performance Medical university students Kerman (Iran)

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