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Psychometric properties of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) in a longitudinal study of African Americans with anxiety disorders.
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PMID:  21501944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is a widely used measure of social anxiety. However, no study has examined the psychometric properties of the LSAS in an African American sample. The current study examined the LSAS characteristics in 97 African Americans diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Overall, the original LSAS subscales showed excellent internal consistency and temporal stability. Similar to previous reports, fear and avoidance subscales were so highly correlated that they yielded redundant information. Confirmatory factor analyses for three previously proposed models failed to demonstrate an excellent fit to our data. However, a four-factor model showed minimally acceptable fit. Overall, the LSAS performed similarly in our African American sample as in previous European American samples. Exploratory factor analyses are warranted to determine whether a better factor structure exists for African Americans.
Courtney Beard; Benjamin F Rodriguez; Ethan Moitra; Nicholas J Sibrava; Andri Bjornsson; Risa B Weisberg; Martin B Keller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2011-03-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of anxiety disorders     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1873-7897     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anxiety Disord     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-06     Completed Date:  2011-09-12     Revised Date:  2014-09-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8710131     Medline TA:  J Anxiety Disord     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  722-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / psychology*
Anxiety / diagnosis*,  psychology
Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Phobic Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology
Prospective Studies
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Grant Support
5R01MH51415-14/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH051415/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH051415-14/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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