SOCIAL ANXIETY IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION IN PATIENTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL MULTICENTER STUDY
Article first published online: 26 MAR 2013
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Depression and Anxiety
Volume 30, Issue 8, pages 757–762, August 2013
How to Cite
De Herdt, A., Knapen, J., Vancampfort, D., De Hert, M., Brunner, E. and Probst, M. (2013), SOCIAL ANXIETY IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION IN PATIENTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL MULTICENTER STUDY. Depress. Anxiety, 30: 757–762. doi: 10.1002/da.22059
- Issue published online: 1 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 26 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 10 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 3 JUL 2012
- social anxiety disorder (SAD);
- health services
Social anxiety (SA) is a frequent comorbid condition in patients with mental illness. However, no data exist regarding SA in physical activity (PA) situations. The aim of the present study was to measure the level of self-reported SA in PA participation in patients with mental illness compared to healthy controls.
Six hundred ninety-three patients with mental illness and 2,888 controls aged between 18 and 65 years completed the Physical Activity and Sport Anxiety Scale (PASAS). Group and gender differences in PASAS scores were tested by ANOVA and Scheffé's post hoc test.
After controlling for gender (P < .05), the patient group (men 40.2 ± 14.4; women 49.2 ± 17) scored higher on the PASAS compared to control group (men 30.6 ± 12.2; women 37.3 ± 13.7). Within both groups, women reported higher levels of SA compared to men.
Our data indicate that patients with mental illness reported higher levels of SA in PA situations compared to healthy control subjects. Health professionals should consider SA when trying to improve outcome and adherence of patients with mental illness to PA interventions.