The aim of this study was to evaluate the associations between a factor mixture-based taxonic-dimensional model of anxiety sensitivity (AS) and posttraumatic stress, panic, generalized anxiety, depression, psychiatric multimorbidity, and quality of life among a young adult sample exposed to traumatic stress (N = 103, n females = 66, M age = 23.68 years, SD age = 9.55). Findings showed support for the conceptual and operational utility of the AS taxonic-dimensional model with respect to concurrent transdiagnostic vulnerability among trauma-exposed adults. Specifically, relative to the low-AS group, the high-AS group demonstrated elevated levels of panic, depressive, and posttraumatic stress symptom severity as well as greater psychiatric multimorbidity and poorer quality of life. Furthermore, past-month MDD, GAD, PTSD, and panic attacks occurred nearly exclusively among the high-AS group. Continuous AS physical and psychological concerns scores were found to be significantly related to levels of panic and posttraumatic stress symptom severity, psychiatric multimorbidity as well as panic attack status only among the high-AS group and not among the low-AS group. Findings are discussed with respect to their implications for the conceptual and operational utility of the FMM-based taxonic-dimensional model of AS, related vulnerability for psychopathology in the context of trauma, and the clinical implications of these findings for assessment and intervention.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Cognitive Behaviour Therapy|
|State||Published - Mar 2012|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Dr. Bernstein recognizes the funding support from the Israeli Council for Higher Education Yigal Alon Fellowship, the European Union FP-7 Marie Curie Fellowship International Reintegration Grant, the National Institutes of Health (NIDA) Clinical LRP, Psychology Beyond Borders Mission Award, Israel Science Foundation, and the Rothschild-Caesarea Foundation’s Returning Scientists Project at the University of Haifa. Dr. Marshall-Berenz recognizes the support from the National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award. Mr. Zvielli recognizes the support from the President’s Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Haifa.
- Anxiety sensitivity
- Transdiagnostic risk
- Traumatic stress
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology