Assessment of Anxiety Disorders

Jennifer L. Harrington and Martin M. Antony

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Assessment of Anxiety Disorders

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Psychological assessment of anxiety disorders is important in both clinical and research settings. This chapter reviews the various purposes of assessment, discusses issues related to diagnostic assessment, and highlights other areas that are relevant in the evaluation process (e.g., anxiety triggers, avoidance behavior, interference, psychosocial influences, etc.). A variety of assessment methods is discussed, including clinical interviews, behavioral tests, psychophysiological measurement, and behavioral diaries, and the use of multimethod assessment strategies is encouraged. A brief overview of empirically supported assessment measures is also provided.

Keywords: anxiety disorders; assessment; clinical interview; evaluation; inventory; measures; multimethod assessment; psychological assessment; triggers

Article.  11359 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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