Assessment of anxiety sensitivity in depressed, older patients and its relation to hypochondriacal concerns

Irene Maria Bravo, Florida International University

Abstract

Anxiety disorders in older adults are often overlooked as part of other mental disorders or as part of medical illnesses. Theoretically, anxiety sensitivity is a common component in anxiety disorders, a personality construct and a fundamental fear. Anxiety sensitivity was assessed in a sample of older adults: 53 depressed, M age = 78.8 years; and 53 healthy controls, M age = 70.9 years. This study examined whether anxiety sensitivity: (1) explained unique variance beyond that explained by trait anxiety, (2) was observed in the depressed group in levels similar to individuals who suffer from non-panic, anxiety disorders, and (3) correlated with current number of medical illnesses, previous number of medical illnesses, and hypochondriasis. The results indicated that anxiety sensitivity: predicted hypochondriasis better than trait anxiety, was present in the depressed group similarly to individuals suffering from non-panic, anxiety disorders, and was strongly associated with hypochondriacal concerns. ^

Subject Area

Gerontology|Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Physiological

Recommended Citation

Bravo, Irene Maria, "Assessment of anxiety sensitivity in depressed, older patients and its relation to hypochondriacal concerns" (1998). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI9828266.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI9828266

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