ABSTRACT

The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) has been used in many countries since its psychological properties have been verified. However, as there is significant heterogeneity in affective experiences among cultures, a population-specific validation study is necessary. This study examined the psychometric properties of the BAI in a non-clinical Korean population. The BAI, Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and Patient Health Questionnaire-9 were used to assess the concurrent and discriminant validity. The factorial structures suggested by previous research were examined using the mean- and varianceadjusted weighted least squares estimation. The internal consistency and the item-total correlations were favorable. The testretest reliability was slightly higher in this present study compared with that in previously reported studies. There was a moderate correlation between the BAI and the STAI. Among the five different factor structures, the four-factor model provided the best overall fit. Overall, the current results support the use of the BAI to assess the anxiety severity in community-dwelling populations of Korean adults.

KEYWORD

Beck Anxiety Inventory, anxiety, reliability, validity, factor analysis

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