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J Anxiety Disord. 2009 Apr;23(3):305-13. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2008.11.007. Epub 2008 Nov 25.

The relation between public speaking anxiety and social anxiety: a review.

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Leiden University Institute for Psychological Research, Developmental Psychology Unit, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, The Netherlands.


This article reviewed the literature on public speaking anxiety in the context of social phobia subtyping. In total, 18 empirical studies on subtype issues related to public speaking anxiety were analyzed. Results of the reviewed studies are discussed in relation to their research method, that is, whether it focused on qualitative or quantitative aspects of subtype differences and whether it used a clinical or community sample. Evidence supported the premise that public speaking anxiety is a distinct subtype, qualitatively and quantitatively different from other subtypes of social phobia. The significance of this finding for social phobia studies using speech tasks to assess participants' state anxiety and behavioral performance is discussed.

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