The Social Interaction Phobia Scale: Continued support for the psychometric validity of the SIPS using clinical and non-clinical samples

Alison R. Menatti, Justin W. Weeks, R. Nicholas Carleton, Amanda S. Morrison, Richard G. Heimberg, Debra A. Hope, Carlos Blanco, Franklin R. Schneier, Michael R. Liebowitz

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Abstract

The present study sought to extend findings supporting the psychometric validity of a promising measure of social anxiety (SA) symptoms, the Social Interaction Phobia Scale (SIPS; Carleton et al., 2009). Analyses were conducted using three samples: social anxiety disorder (SAD) patients, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) patients, and healthy controls. SIPS scores of SAD patients demonstrated internal consistency and construct validity, and the previously demonstrated three-factor structure of the SIPS was replicated. Further, the SIPS total score uniquely predicted SA symptoms, and SIPS scores were significantly higher for SAD patients than GAD patients or controls. Two cut-off scores that discriminated SAD patients from GAD patients and from healthy controls were identified. The current study is the first to replicate the SIPS three-factor model in a large, treatment-seeking sample of SAD patients and establish a cut-off score discriminating SAD from GAD patients. Findings support the SIPS as a valid, SAD-specific assessment instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume32
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Fear of public scrutiny
  • Psychometric characteristics
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Social interaction anxiety
  • Social phobia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Menatti, A. R., Weeks, J. W., Carleton, R. N., Morrison, A. S., Heimberg, R. G., Hope, D. A., Blanco, C., Schneier, F. R., & Liebowitz, M. R. (2015). The Social Interaction Phobia Scale: Continued support for the psychometric validity of the SIPS using clinical and non-clinical samples. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 32, 46-55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.03.003