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Panic Symptoms and Anxiety Sensitivity in African Americans

Title: Panic Symptoms and Anxiety Sensitivity in African Americans.
Name(s): Hunter, Lora Rose, author
Schmidt, Norman B., professor directing thesis
Plant, E. Ashby, committee member
Sachs-Ericsson, Natalie J., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Despite the growing population of ethnic minority groups in the United States, there have only been a few investigations of the differential manifestation of psychopathology in these groups. The limited existing literature suggests important differences between African Americans and European Americans with respect to several aspects of anxiety psychopathology. A set of analyses was conducted to investigate differences between African Americans and European Americans in panic attack symptoms, the latent structure of anxiety sensitivity, and the predictive ability of anxiety sensitivity subscales. Consistent with previous reports, African Americans endorsed greater vigilance to physical symptoms and higher levels of anxiety sensitivity. Factor analytic results did not support previously identified latent structures of anxiety sensitivity in either of the samples. However, hierarchical regression results suggest racial differences in the predictive validity of subscales from two different models. These findings are discussed including consideration of cross-cultural construct validity issues and the clinical and research implications.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3398 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: November 12, 2008.
Keywords: Panic Disorder, African Americans, Race, Culture, Panic Attacks, Anxiety
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Norman B. Schmidt, Professor Directing Thesis; E. Ashby Plant, Committee Member; Natalie J. Sachs-Ericsson, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Hunter, L. R. (2008). Panic Symptoms and Anxiety Sensitivity in African Americans. Retrieved from