Objective: The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) is a measure frequently used to identify anxiety related symptomatology. Due to the significant emphasis on somatic symptoms, concerns have been raised regarding the specificity of this measure in older adults. The current study evaluated the differential sensitivity of the BAI and the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) in this specific population. Method: The BAI and GAI were administered to a sample of 60 community dwelling older adults. The BAI primarily targets somatic complaints associated with episodes of anxiety, as well as a smaller number of items targeting affective and cognitive symptoms. Alternatively, the GAI is a measure formulated for use in older adult populations, primarily assessing cognitive and affective complaints. Sensitivity of the two instruments was analyzed. Results: Correlational analyses revealed a moderate association (r = .39, p < .01) between total scores on the BAI and GAI. Clinically significant scores on these instruments...

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