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J Anxiety Disord. 2014 Oct;28(7):633-43. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.07.003. Epub 2014 Jul 12.

Psychometric properties of the social phobia and social interaction anxiety scales: evidence of construct equivalence in an African American sample.

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1
Department of Psychology, American University, United States. Electronic address: mcart@american.edu.
2
Center for Health Disparties, Uniformed Services University, United States.
3
Department of Psychology, American University, United States.

Abstract

This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the Social Phobia Scale and Social Interaction Anxiety scale in a community sample of African Americans. We conducted a confirmatory factor analysis of the combined scales comparing the data to 2- and 3-factor solutions commonly reported in the literature. The results indicated that neither solution produce an adequate fit to the data in this study. We then proceeded to conduct an exploratory factor analysis within a confirmatory framework of both scales. While we were able to extract a 2-factor solution from the data, the item composition of the factors was somewhat different for African Americans than what is typically reported in non-Hispanic White samples. While we conclude that use of the two social anxiety scales is warranted, we make recommendations regarding the interpretation of both scales with African Americans.

KEYWORDS:

African Americans; Factor analysis; Social anxiety

PMID:
25124500
DOI:
10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.07.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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