Elective mutism as a variant of social phobia.

  title={Elective mutism as a variant of social phobia.},
  author={Bonnie Black and Thomas W Uhde},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry},
  volume={31 6},
To examine the relationship between the syndromes of elective mutism and social phobia, a case of elective mutism associated with social phobia in a 12-year-old girl is presented, and the clinical literature regarding the syndrome of elective mutism is reviewed. Elective mutism or reluctance to speak in unfamiliar social situations may be a symptom of social phobia. Social anxiety is a nearly universal characteristic of children manifesting the syndrome of elective mutism. Elective mutism may… CONTINUE READING
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