Affect intensity: Association with anxious and fearful responding to bodily sensations

Anka A. Vujanovic, Michael J. Zvolensky, Laura E. Gibson, Thomas R. Lynch, Ellen W. Leen-Feldner, Matthew T. Feldner, Amit Bernstein

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The present investigation evaluated affect intensity in regard to anxious and fearful responding to a voluntary hyperventilation paradigm. Participants were 90 young adults without a history of Axis I psychopathology or nonclinical panic attacks. The incremental validity of affect intensity was examined relative to gender, negative affectivity, anxiety sensitivity, and anticipatory anxiety. As hypothesized, affect intensity significantly and incrementally predicted the perceived intensity of post-challenge panic-relevant physical and cognitive symptoms but not physiological arousal. Findings are discussed in relation to better understanding the role of affect intensity as a potential risk factor for panic-related problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-206
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper was supported by National Institute on Drug Abuse research grants (R03 DA16307-01 and 1 R21 DA016227-01) and a Faculty Research Grant from the Anxiety Disorder Association of America awarded to Dr. Zvolensky. This project also was supported by a National Research Service Award predoctoral fellowship (F31 MH66430-01) awarded to Matthew T. Feldner and an NIMH career development award (K23 MH01614) awarded to Dr. Lynch.


  • Affect intensity
  • Anxiety
  • Biological challenge
  • Bodily sensations
  • Negative affectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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