College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Behavioral Assessment of Anxiety in Older Adults: Some Comments

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1993

Keywords

Aged, Anxiety Disorders Diagnosis, Anxiety Disorders, Psychology, Cross-Sectional Studies, Incidence, Middle Aged, Personality Assessment, Epidemiology

Publication Title

Behavior Modification

ISSN

0145-4455

Volume

17

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

The behavioral assessment of anxiety in older adults is reviewed in this article. Despite the high rate of anxiety symptoms uncovered during the course of large-scale epidemiological studies, the comprehensive evaluation of anxiety in this age group (55 and over) is not highly sophisticated at this juncture. In this review, diagnostic issues, psychometric evaluation, motoric assessment, and psychophysiological assessment are considered. Throughout the articles, gaps in the extant research are identified, and a research agenda for the future is developed.

DOI

10.1177/01454455930172001