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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Abstract

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
Volume18
Issue number3 March
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2023

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