Anxiety sensitivity profile: Predictive and incremental validity

Norman B. Schmidt, Meghan E. Keough, Kiara R. Timpano, J. Anthony Richey

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Anxiety sensitivity (AS) is a well-researched risk factor for the development of anxiety psychopathology. AS is typically measured using the anxiety sensitivity index (ASI) but limitations have led to the creation of second generation measures of AS including the anxiety sensitivity profile (ASP). The ASP has not been used very extensively, however, and we believe this may be due to two important issues: (1) the ASP is lengthy, and (2) the predictive validity of the ASP is unexplored in relation to critical outcomes such as anxiety psychopathology. The purpose of the present report was to address these two issues. We evaluated whether an abbreviated form of the ASP was viable and also conducted tests of the scale's predictive validity. Findings suggest that a 22-item version of the ASP (i.e., ASP-22) is comparable to the original 60-item ASP. Moreover, the ASP-22 was predictive of anxious responding to a CO2 challenge. In fact, the ASP-22 outperformed the ASI as a predictor of CO2 reactivity. Also, the ASP-22 was a significant longitudinal predictor of incidence of Axis I diagnoses. In regard to predictive validity, the ASP-22 was comparable to the original ASP. In summary, the ASP-22 appears to represent a viable measure of AS that may complement the ASI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1180-1189
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety diagnoses
  • Anxiety sensitivity
  • Assessment
  • Carbon-dioxide
  • Longitudinal
  • Panic
  • Panic attacks
  • Prospective
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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