Journal of behavioral assessment

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 265–279

Conceptual, methodological, and clinical issues in the assessment of anxiety disorders

  • Samuel M. Turner
  • Larry Michelson

DOI: 10.1007/BF01321321

Cite this article as:
Turner, S.M. & Michelson, L. Journal of Behavioral Assessment (1984) 6: 265. doi:10.1007/BF01321321


Many conceptual, methodological, and clinical issues remain unresolved in the assessment of anxiety disorders. Despite the prevalence, incidence, chronicity, and severity of anxiety disorders, research efforts and funding have fallen behind with regard both to other disorders and to addressing critical issues in the field. The primary objective of this paper is to provide a scientific critique regarding a number of often ignored yet salient considerations in anxiety-disorders assessment. Critical analyses of and recommendations regarding the multidimensional nature of anxiety, comorbidity, uniformity myths, synchrony, normative comparisons, psychometric properties of measures, and treatment integrity are offered. Finally, promising areas of clinical research are presented to enhance further the current understanding of the complexities inherent in assessing anxiety disorders.

Key words

anxietyassessmentanxiety disordersmethodology

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel M. Turner
    • 1
  • Larry Michelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh, School of MedicinePittsburgh