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genetic factors social phobia

genetic factors social phobia
As for the other anxiety disorders, family studies showed a higher concordance for social phobia among the f irst-degree relatives of people with the disorder. In contrast, twin studies typically demonstrated that most of the genetic variance is consistent with the importance of a general neurotic syndrome.
However, there has also been some suggestion of the possibility of a specific genetic loading for social phobia. These findings have been supported by a wealth of studies demonstrating a genetic influence in nonclinically shy populations.
In general, these studies supported the importance of both genetic factors and nonshared environmental variables in the development of shyness. Finally, one adoption study supported the importance of both genetic and family variables in shyness and sociability.

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