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J Anxiety Disord. 2006;20(4):444-58. Epub 2005 Jul 6.

Examination of the utility of the Beck Anxiety Inventory and its factors as a screener for anxiety disorders.

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  • 1Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Louisville, KY 40292, USA. o.leyfer@louisville.edu

Abstract

The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule (ADIS-IV) were administered to 193 adults at a major Midwestern university recruited from an anxiety research and treatment center. The BAI and its four factor scores were compared from individuals with a primary diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), specific or social phobia, panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and no psychiatric diagnosis. The cut scores on the BAI and its factors, their sensitivity, specificity, as well as positive and negative predictive values were calculated for each group. The results of this study support previous findings that the strongest quality of the BAI is its ability to assess panic symptomatology. The present study also expands on this notion by establishing that the BAI can be used as an efficient screening tool for distinguishing between individuals with and without panic disorder.

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