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, 3(14), pp. 247-254.
To assess the psychometric properties and health correlates of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) in a cohort of Australian community-residing older women.
Cross-sectional study of a population-based cohort of women aged 60 years and over (N = 286).
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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||ROC analysis, generalized anxiety disorder, , women's health, , geriatric anxiety inventory, elderly|
|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:||01 Mar 2012 00:36|
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