Psychometric properties of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) in a longitudinal study of African Americans with anxiety disorders

Courtney Beard*, Benjamin F. Rodriguez, Ethan Moitra, Nicholas J. Sibrava, Andri Bjornsson, Risa B. Weisberg, Martin B. Keller

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Abstract

The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is a widely used measure of social anxiety. However, no study has examined the psychometric properties of the LSAS in an African American sample. The current study examined the LSAS characteristics in 97 African Americans diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Overall, the original LSAS subscales showed excellent internal consistency and temporal stability. Similar to previous reports, fear and avoidance subscales were so highly correlated that they yielded redundant information. Confirmatory factor analyses for three previously proposed models failed to demonstrate an excellent fit to our data. However, a four-factor model showed minimally acceptable fit. Overall, the LSAS performed similarly in our African American sample as in previous European American samples. Exploratory factor analyses are warranted to determine whether a better factor structure exists for African Americans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)722-726
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The HARP-II study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health ( 5R01MH51415-14 ).

Other keywords

  • African American
  • Anxiety
  • Confirmatory factor analyses
  • LSAS
  • Psychometric

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