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The relationship between social anxiety and alcohol use in remand prisoners

Moore, Kathleen and Godfredson, Joel 2006, The relationship between social anxiety and alcohol use in remand prisoners, in Proceedings of the 2006 joint conference of the APS and NZPsS: psychology bridging the Tasman: science culture and practice, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 268-272.

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Title The relationship between social anxiety and alcohol use in remand prisoners
Author(s) Moore, Kathleen
Godfredson, Joel
Conference name Australian Psychological Society. Conference (2006: Auckland, N.Z.)
Conference location Auckland, N.Z.
Conference dates 26-30 Sep. 2006
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2006 joint conference of the APS and NZPsS: psychology bridging the Tasman: science culture and practice
Editor(s) Katsikitis, Mary
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian Psychological Society Conference
Start page 268
End page 272
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Community studies have found a consistently high co-occurrence, between alcohol use and anxiety disorders, such as social phobia. Despite high prevalence rates of alcohol use and anxiety disorders in remand prisoners, the extent to which they co-occur in this population and the use of alcohol as a strategy to reduce social anxiety, have not been examined. The aim of this study was to assess levels of social phobia and the use of alcohol to reduce anxiety associated with social and performance situations in a remanded prison population. One hundred and one male prisoners (age M = 34.88 years, SD = 11.70) participated in the study. They completed the Social Phobia Inventory (SoPhI) and a questionnaire designed to assess levels of drinking in social and performance situations to reduce anxiety. High levels of social anxiety were found, together with high levels of drinking to reduce anxiety associated with social or performance situations. Drinking was predictive of reduced levels of social anxiety but the effect of social anxiety on drinking was stronger. The implications for treatment and future research are discussed.
Notes Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society
ISBN 0909881308
9780909881306
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006177

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Psychology
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