Psychometric properties of the Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3 (ASI-3) in Spanish population

  1. Pedro Altungy
  2. Sara Liébana
  3. José Manuel Sánchez-Marqueses
  4. Ana Sanz-García
  5. María Paz García-Vera
  6. Jesús Sanz

ISSN: 0214-9915 1886-144X

Year of publication: 2023

Volume: 35

Issue: 3

Pages: 300-309

Type: Article

DOI: 10.7334/PSICOTHEMA2022.237 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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The Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3 (ASI-3) is the reference instrument for measuring anxiety sensitivity. The psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the ASI-3 have been examined in university students but not in adults from the general population. Whether the ASI-3 subscales provide relevant information has not yet been examined either. Method: The ASI-3’s factor structure, internal consistency, temporal stability, and relationship with neuroticism were examined in a Spanish community sample of 919 adults. Results: In two subsamples of participants, the ASI-3 presented a structure of three correlated factors (physical, cognitive, and social concerns) that loaded on a higher-order factor, but the three factors did not explain much item variance. The total scale and subscales of the ASI3 showed excellent or good indices of internal consistency (alphas and omegas = .81 – .91), and adequate indices of test-retest reliability at two months (r = .57 – .73) and the relationship with neuroticism and its facets (r = .19 – .52). Conclusions: The ASI-3 provides reliable, valid measures of anxiety sensitivity in Spanish adults, but its subscales are not very useful beyond the information provided by the total scale

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