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Psychometric properties and health correlates of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory in Australian community-residing older women

Byrne , G. J., Pachana, N. A., Goncalves, D.C., Arnold , E., King, R., & Khoo SK., S.K. (2010) Psychometric properties and health correlates of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory in Australian community-residing older women. Aging and Mental Health, 14(3), pp. 247-254.

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Abstract

Abstract OBJECTIVE:

To assess the psychometric properties and health correlates of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) in a cohort of Australian community-residing older women. METHOD:

Cross-sectional study of a population-based cohort of women aged 60 years and over (N = 286). RESULTS:

The GAI exhibited sound internal consistency and demonstrated good concurrent validity against the state half of the Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory and the neuroticism domain of the NEO five-factor inventory. GAI score was significantly associated with self-reported sleep difficulties and perceived memory impairment, but not with age or cognitive function. Women with current DSM-IV Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) had significantly higher GAI scores than women without such a history. In this cohort, the optimal cut-point to detect current GAD was 8/9. Although the GAI was designed to have few somatic items, women with a greater number of general medical problems or who rated their general health as worse had higher GAI scores. CONCLUSION:

The GAI is a new scale designed specifically to measure anxiety in older people. In this Australian cohort of older women, the instrument had sound psychometric properties.

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ID Code: 46428
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: ROC analysis, generalized anxiety disorder, , women's health, , geriatric anxiety inventory, elderly
DOI: 10.1080/13607861003587628
ISSN: 1360-7863
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2011 15:31
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2014 13:13

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