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J Anxiety Disord. 1997 Jan-Feb;11(1):89-111.

The assessment of panic using self-report: a comprehensive survey of validated instruments.

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Départment de Psychoéducation, Université du Québec à Hull. S_Bouchard@infopuq.uquebec.ca

Abstract

A repertoire of reliable and valid self-report instruments to assess panic and panic disorder would help both researchers and clinicians. This review presents a description and an analysis of the available instruments. Following a comprehensive search of the literature, 14 instruments with published information on reliability and validity were reviewed. The following information is reported for each instrument: brief description of the instrument and its development, mean and standard deviation for clinical and nonclinical samples, and psychometric properties. Four types of instruments are presented: general assessment and information (n = 2), severity of panic disorder (n = 2), body sensations (n = 2) and cognitive dimensions of panic (n = 8). Overall, it would seem that panic measures have moderate to excellent psychometric qualities. However, the comparison between the instruments is difficult because the amount of empirical support available varies widely from one instrument to the other.

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