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Selective Mutism Statistics

(Also Known As: Selective Mute Statistics, Mutism Statistics, Elective Mutism Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Prevalence of Selective Mutism

  • The incidence of selective mutism is rare, commonly estimated to be 1 in 1000. However, in a 2002 study in The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the figure has increased to 7 in 1000. 17
  • Current rates are estimated to be between 3 and 8 in 10,000. Some researchers state that the occurrence of SM is probably more frequent than this estimate.
  • Despite the change of name from elective to selective mutism, a common misconception remains that a selectively mute child is defiant or stubborn. In fact, children with selective mutism have a lower rate of oppositional behavior than their peers in a school setting. 18
  • Younger children are more vulnerable to the disorder than older ones.
  • Selective mutism appears to be more common in girls than in boys. 19

Could You Have Selective Mutism?

Selective Mutism Topics

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Separation Anxiety Disorder – Anxiety From Separation to a Care Giver, Strong Emotional Attachment
Social Anxiety Disorder – Social Phobia, Distressed, Depression, Anxious, Chronic Fear, Panic Attack, Intense Fear and Anxiety