Faculty Publications

Title

Further psychometric evaluation of the Fear Questionnaire: responses of college students.

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Psychological reports

Volume

73

Issue

3 Pt 2

First Page

1259

Last Page

1266

Abstract

This study presents evidence for the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Fear Questionnaire for college undergraduates. Fit indices of the 4- and 5-factor models identified previously were inadequate. Exploratory principal components analysis identified three factors, using data from Sample 1 (n = 208). LISREL confirmatory factor analyses supported generalizability of the three-factor model to Sample 2 (n = 200). Satisfactory reliability coefficients were obtained for the factor-derived subscales. Significant gender differences were obtained on 4 of the 15 items but not on the factor subscales. Finally, we examined the correlations between scores on the scale and on other measures of social anxiety, social desirability, and general psychological distress of the Brief Symptom Inventory. Present results suggest that the Fear Questionnaire is a valuable research instrument for a nonclinical sample.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1993

DOI of published version

10.2466/pr0.1993.73.3f.1259

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