Title

ANXIETY SENSITIVITY AMONG ANXIOUS CHILDREN

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-1993

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Employed the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children to show that children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder score significantly higher on the Childhood Anxiety Sensitivity Index (CASI) than nondiagnosed children. Interviews and self-report measures regarding the child were completed by 201 children and their parents from a metropolitan area military community who were participating in a National Institute of Mental Health epidemiological survey. An analysis of variance was used to compare CASI scoring across three groups: children receiving anxiety diagnoses, children receiving externalizing diagnoses but no anxiety diagnosis, and children receiving no diagnoses. Although scoring on the CASI differentiated anxious children from the no-diagnosis control group, it did not differentiate anxious children from those receiving externalizing diagnoses. Implications of the findings for the validity of the CASI, the issue of anxiety sensitivity as a component of some externalizing disorders, and suggestions for further investigation are discussed.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

Volume

22

Issue

4

First Page

441

Last Page

446