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What do anxiety scales measure?

Keedwell, Paul and Snaith, R. P. 1996. What do anxiety scales measure? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 93 (3) , pp. 177-180. 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1996.tb10627.x

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At present researchers appear to rely on instruments for the assessment of anxiety without due consideration of what it is that the instrument may be presumed to measure. A survey was undertaken of the presently most frequently used rating scales which purport to assess anxiety. The allocation of items of the scales to the major aspects of anxiety was examined. It was found that the scales tapped different areas of psychopathology. Furtherance of research requires closer attention to the nature of the scales and the assumption that they all measure much the same construct must be discarded.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0001-690X
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 01:06

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