Objective: The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) is an established measure of anxiety in adults. Given that many items on the BAI measure somatic symptoms, questions remain regarding whether this instrument accurately assesses anxiety in older adult populations, due to the tendency for increased somatic concern in older adults. The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI), an instrument specifically designed to measure anxiety in older adults, places greater emphasis on cognitive and affective symptoms. Factor structure of the two measures was compared in order to assess the associations between domains on the BAI and GAI. Method: GAI and BAI data from a non-clinical sample of 60 older adults were examined. A previously established 4-factor model (Subjective, Neurophysiological, Autonomic, and Panic) of the BAI was used. These domains were compared to a 4-factor model (Gastrointestinal, Central Nervous System Hyperarousal, Excessive Worry, and Decision Making) of the GAI. Results: Analyses indicated that each factor of...

Article PDF first page preview

Article PDF first page preview
Article PDF first page preview
You do not currently have access to this article.