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The Agoraphobia Scale: an evaluation of its reliability and validity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2222389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This article presents the Agoraphobia Scale (AS), and evidence for its reliability, validity, and sensitivity to change after treatment. The scale consists of 20 items depicting various typical agoraphobic situations, which are rated for anxiety/discomfort (0-4) and avoidance (0-2). The results show that AS has high internal consistency. Regarding concurrent validity it correlated significantly with other self-reported measures of agoraphobia (Mobility Inventory and Fear Questionnaire). The scale's predictive validity was shown as it correlated with avoidance behavior and self-rated anxiety during both an individualized and a standardized behavioral test of agoraphobia. The AS also discriminated between an agoraphobic sample and a normal sample, and a sample of simple phobia patients. Finally, it was sensitive to changes after behavioral treatment. The AS is useful both as a state, and as an outcome self-report measure of agoraphobia.
Authors:
L G Ost
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behaviour research and therapy     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0005-7967     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav Res Ther     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-11-08     Completed Date:  1990-11-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372477     Medline TA:  Behav Res Ther     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  323-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Psychiatric Research Center, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Agoraphobia / diagnosis*,  psychology
Arousal
Female
Humans
Male
Personality Tests*
Psychometrics

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