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Journal of Depression and Anxiety
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"I would like to Tell You Something": The Contribution of Self-Disclosure to Social Phobia Symptoms in a Non-Clinical Sample

Yossi Levi-Belz* and Nofar Elis

Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

*Corresponding Author:
Yossi Levi-Belz
Department of Behavioral Science
Ruppin Academic Center, Emek Hefer, Israel
Tel: +97298983028
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 18, 2017 Accepted Date: May 26, 2017 Published Date: May 29, 2017

Citation: Levi-Belz Y, Elis N (2017) ”I would like to Tell You Something”: The Contribution of Self-Disclosure to Social Phobia Symptoms in a Non-Clinical Sample. J Depress Anxiety 6: 288. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.1000288

Copyright: © 2017 Levi-Belz Y, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Social phobia is characterized by intense anxiety from embarrassment and high levels of avoidance of social situations. Several studies have noted the presence of non-normative patterns of self-disclosure among socially anxious individuals. However, little is known regarding the contribution of self-disclosure to symptoms of social phobia in nonclinical populations. The current research aimed to fill this void by exploring the relationship between self-disclosure and social phobia symptoms. Non-clinical participants (N=188) completed questionnaires tapping self-disclosure, depression, as well as social anxiety. Findings showed that limited self-disclosure played a role in facilitating social phobia symptoms, beyond the contribution of depression. Focusing on the ability to share personal information to at least one close person can be seen as a buffer against social phobia symptoms. Implications regarding psychotherapy and population-based intervention are discussed.

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