Cause

Researchers believe that a combination of genetic and environmental influences results in the emergence and maintenance of social phobia. Biological theories suggest that some children are born with a genetic predisposition for shyness or an inhibited temperament, which is translated into social phobia when stressful life situations occur. Some research has found that parents of socially phobic children and adolescents tend to be socially anxious themselves and overly concerned with the opinions of others.