The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory

Pachana, N. A. and Byrne, G. J. A. (2009). The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory. In: XIXth World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France, (S123-S124). 5-8 July, 2009. doi:10.1007/s12603-009-0093-y

Author Pachana, N. A.
Byrne, G. J. A.
Title of paper The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory
Conference name XIXth World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Conference location Paris, France
Conference dates 5-8 July, 2009
Place of Publication France
Publisher Editions SERDI
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Oral presentation
DOI 10.1007/s12603-009-0093-y
ISSN 1279-7707
Volume 13
Issue Supp. 1
Start page S123
End page S124
Total pages 2
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A brief measure of dimensional anxiety specifically designed for use in older adults has been lacking for many years. The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI), a brief self-report measure specifically designed for use in older adults, was developed and validated in a variety of patient populations. The scale demonstrated good reliability in both normal community and psychiatric samples (Cronbach’s alpha 0.91 and 0.93, respectively).

Concurrent validity with other measures was high, while inter-rater and test-retest
reliability were excellent. The GAI successfully discriminated between patients with and without any anxiety disorder [F(1,44) = 16.87, p = 0.0002]. Receiver operating
characteristic (ROC) analysis indicated an optimum cut point of 8/9 to identify older
patients with any anxiety disorder, classifying 78% of patients correctly (sensitivity 73%, specificity 80%). Evidence of good pre-post utility of the measure in treatment studies on clinical populations has been found. The GAI has been used successfully with older patients with mild cognitive impairment and Parkinson’s disease.
Subjects 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
1701 Psychology
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Presentation number: SC8 222-2

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