Specific phobia predicts psychopathology in young women

Trumpf, Julia and Margraf, Jürgen and Vriends, Noortje and Meyer, Andrea Hans and Becker, Eni S.. (2010) Specific phobia predicts psychopathology in young women. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology : SPPE : the international journal for research in social and genetic epidemiology and mental health services, 45 (12). pp. 1161-1166.

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Background: Although specific phobia is characterized by an early age at onset and by high rates of comorbidity, few studies have examined comorbid relationships prospectively. ObjectivesThe present study investigated the association between specific phobia and the risk of a broad range of psychopathology among young women in the community. MethodData came from the Dresden Predictor Study in which 1,538 German women (18–25 years) completed a diagnostic interview at two time points. ResultsWomen with specific phobia had a twofold increase in odds of developing any anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and any somatoform disorder during 17 months, compared to women without specific phobia. Except for depression, these associations persisted after adjustment for all comorbid mental disorders. ConclusionsSpecific phobia thus appears to be a risk factor for a variety of problems. The result further underpins the necessity for early intervention for specific phobia to prevent later mental health problems.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Margraf)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Andrea Hans
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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