Anxiety sensitivity across four ethnoracial groups in an undergraduate sample

Alexander M Talkovsky, Peter J. Norton

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Anxiety sensitivity (AS), the fear of anxious cognitive and physiological experiences, is multidimensional and adds incrementally to the prediction of relationships of panic and relevant phenomenology. Many agree upon the content of the dimensions, but there is less agreement about the factor structure of the anxiety sensitivity index (ASI), a widely used measure of AS, across cultural groups. Anxiety disorders vary in their epidemiology and phenomenology across ethnoracial groups. This investigation adds clarity to research in the psychometric properties of the ASI across four cultural groups. Results from a confirmatory factor analysis support invariance across groups with the exception of three psychometrically questionable items assessing fear of gastrointestinal symptoms. The convergent and divergent validity are consistent with cross-group invariance as well. Clinical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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