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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 3/2022

02-06-2022

Investigating the Psychometric Properties of the Severity Measure for Specific Phobia

Auteurs: Susanna MacLeod, Dr. Luke H. Schneider, PhD. Dr. Randi E. McCabe

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment | Uitgave 3/2022

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Abstract

With the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, the American Psychiatric Association published several disorder-specific severity measures to support a dimensional approach to disorder classification. The Severity Measure for Specific Phobia – Adult (SMSP; Craske et al., 2013) was designed to provide a dimensional assessment of specific phobia symptoms, but limited psychometric data is currently available for this tool. This study assessed the construct and criterion validity of the SMSP in a sample of adults (n = 67) who self-reported specific phobia symptoms. The SMSP demonstrated excellent internal consistency (Cronbach’s α = 0.93) and statistically significant positive correlations were observed between the SMSP and an associated measure of specific phobia and distress. Statistically significant group differences were observed based on the outcome of a telephone-administered psychodiagnostic interview, such that SMSP scores were higher for participants who met diagnostic criteria for specific phobia than participants who did not (p < .001, d = 1.30). Regression models based on the outcome of the telephone interview indicated that scores on the SMSP uniquely predicted the presence or absence of specific phobia (p < .001) compared to scores from a hypothesized discriminant measure of depression (p = .67). Results provide support for the psychometric utility of the SMSP, though further evaluation of the construct validity of this measure in larger and more diverse samples is warranted.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Investigating the Psychometric Properties of the Severity Measure for Specific Phobia
Auteurs
Susanna MacLeod
Dr. Luke H. Schneider
PhD. Dr. Randi E. McCabe
Publicatiedatum
02-06-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment / Uitgave 3/2022
Print ISSN: 0882-2689
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3505
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-022-09976-6

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