chapter  6
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In this chapter I have been inquiring into the possibility of measuring the level of anxiety among different sectors of the population, Moreover, I have been concerned to identify the types of social events and processes which, in the context of empirical research, appear to have a determining effect upon people’s vulnerability to psychological distress. Insofar as I have been focusing upon the work of those concerned to account for the prevalence of anxiety as forms of psychiatric disorder, this most certainly should not be taken to represent an exhaustive account of its overall distribution throughout society. It is most likely that there are many alternative forms and expressions of anxiety, which while not officially interpreted as symptoms of ‘disorder’, are nevertheless, understood to comprise the general experience of malaise.