Social anxiety problem among medical students in Universiti Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) – A cross-sectional study

Salina M, Ng CG, Gill JS, Chin JM, Chin CJ, Yap WF


Objective: To study the prevalence of social anxiety problem and potential risk factors that may be associated with social anxiety among medical students.

Methods: Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) and a questionnaire assessing gender, religion, number of siblings, type of school and partner status were given to 167 final year medical students.

Results: There were 101 respondents of which 56% of the medical students scored > 19 in the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) suggesting that they were having social anxiety problem. None of the variables analysed were significantly associated with social anxiety.

Conclusion: More than half of the medical students have significant social anxiety symptoms. No specific variables were found to be significantly associated with those at risk of developing social anxiety disorder.


social anxiety, Social phobia, medical students

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