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ERIC Number: EJ797008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0005-7894
Taxometric and Factor Analytic Models of Anxiety Sensitivity among Youth: Exploring the Latent Structure of Anxiety Psychopathology Vulnerability
Bernstein, Amit; Zvolensky, Michael J.; Stewart, Sherry; Comeau, Nancy
Behavior Therapy, v38 n3 p269-283 Sep 2007
This study represents an effort to better understand the latent structure of anxiety sensitivity (AS), a well-established affect-sensitivity individual difference factor, among youth by employing taxometric and factor analytic approaches in an integrative manner. Taxometric analyses indicated that AS, as indexed by the Child Anxiety Sensitivity Index (CASI; Silverman, Flesig, Rabian, & Peterson, 1991), demonstrates taxonic latent class structure in a large sample of youth from North America (N=4,462; M[subscript age]=15.6 years; SD=1.3). Subsequent confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the latent continuous, multidimensional, 4-factor model of AS among youth (Silverman, Goedhart, Barrett, & Turner, 2003) provided good fit for the CASI data among the complement class ("normative form" of AS), but not among the taxon class ("high-risk form" of AS). EFAs supported the prediction that the AS taxon demonstrates a unique, heretofore unexplored latent continuous, unidimensional factor structure among youth. Findings are discussed in relation to refining our understanding of the latent structure of AS and the clinical implications that arise from it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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