Misophonia in the UK: Prevalence and norms from the S-Five in a UK representative sample

Silia Vitoratou*, Chloe Hayes, Nora Uglik-Marucha, Oliver Pearson, Tom Graham, Jane Gregory*

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What is the reality of the misophonic experience in the general population? This is a study on misophonia in a large sample, representative of the UK general population. The study utilises a multidimensional psychometric tool, the S-Five, to study the intensity of the triggering misophonic sounds in everyday activities, the emotions/feelings related to them, and the norms of the key components of the misophonic experience: internalising and externalising appraisals, perceived threat and avoidance behaviours, outbursts, and the impact on functioning. Based on the S-Five scores and a semi-structured interview delivered by clinicians who specialise in misophonia, the estimated prevalence of people for whom symptoms of misophonia cause a significant burden in their life in the UK was estimated to be 18%. The psychometric properties of the S-Five in the UK general population were also evaluated and differences across gender and age were explored. Our results show that the five-factor structure is reproduced, and that the S-Five is a reliable and valid scale for the measurement of the severity of the misophonic experience in the general UK population.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0282777
JournalPLoS One
Issue number3 March
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2023


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