Anxiety sensitivity among Cambodian refugees with panic disorder: A factor analytic investigation

Devon E. Hinton, Vuth Pich, Steven A. Safren, Mark H. Pollack, Richard J. McNally

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Abstract

Among Cambodian refugees with panic disorder (N = 208), we performed two factor analyses, one with the ASI, another with an Augmented ASI (consisting of the 16-item ASI supplemented with a 9-item addendum that assesses additional Cambodian concerns about anxiety-related sensations). The principal component analysis of the ASI yielded a 3-factor solution (I, "Weak Heart Concerns"; II, "Social Concerns"; III, "Control Concerns"); the Augmented ASI, a 4-factor solution: I, "Wind Attack Concerns"; II, "Weak Heart Concerns"; III, "Social Concerns"; and IV, "Control Concerns." The item clustering within the factor solution of both the ASI and Augmented ASI illustrates the role of cultural syndromes in generating fear of mental and bodily events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-295
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 29 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety Sensitivity Index
  • Cambodian refugees
  • Catastrophic cognitions
  • Panic attacks
  • Panic disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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