Social anxiety in schizophrenia

David L. Penn, Debra A. Hope, Will Spaulding, Jodi Kucera

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The relationship between social anxiety and positive and negative symptomatology in schizophrenia was investigated. Thirty eight impatients with schizophrenia completed a battery of self-report measures of anxiety, a modified Stroop task, and an unstructured role play. Positive symptoms were related to fear in a number of self-report domains (i.e., social and agoraphobic). Negative symptoms were related to global observational ratings of anxiety during the role play as well as specific behaviors associated with self-reported social anxiety (i.e., speech rate and fluency). Positive symptoms generally were not associated with role play ratings. Thus, specific behaviors related to social anxiety appear to be associated with negative symptoms, while self-report is associated with positive symptoms. Problems in the assessment of social anxiety in individuals with schizophrenia and implications of these findings for social skills training in this population are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-284
Number of pages8
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1994


  • (Schizophrenia)
  • Negative symptom
  • Positive symptom
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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