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
|Anxiety Disorder NOS – Irrational Fears, Anxiety, Phobia, Depression, Stress|
|Reactive Attachment Disorder – Inappropriate Ways to Relate Socially, Failure to Form Normal Attachment to Caregivers During Childhood|
|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|