The latent structure of anxiety sensitivity-revisited

Joshua J. Broman-Fulks, Bradley A. Green, Mitchell E. Berman, Bunmi O. Olatunji, Randolph C. Arnau, Brett J. Deacon, Craig N. Sawchuk

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Anxiety sensitivity has been implicated as a risk factor for the development and maintenance of panic and other anxiety disorders. Although researchers have generally assumed that anxiety sensitivity is a dimensional, rather than categorical, variable, recent taxometric research has raised questions concerning the accuracy of this assumption. The present study examined the latent structure of anxiety sensitivity by applying four taxometric procedures (MAXEIG, MAXCOV, MAMBAC, and L-Mode) to data collected from two large nonclinical samples (n = 1,025 and n = 744) using two distinct measures of anxiety sensitivity (Anxiety Sensitivity Profile and Anxiety Sensitivity Index-Revised). In contrast to previous taxometric analyses of anxiety sensitivity, results of the present research provided convergent evidence for a latent anxiety sensitivity dimension. Several potential explanations for the discrepancy between these findings and those of previous research are discussed, as well as the implications of these findings for the conceptualization and measurement of anxiety sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-203
Number of pages16
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety sensitivity
  • Continuous
  • Dimensional
  • Taxometric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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