Psychometric properties and factor structure of the Fear Questionnaire phobia subscale items in two normative samples

  • Timothy J. Trull
  • Eric Hillerbrand


Normative data for the Fear Questionnaire (Marks & Mathews, 1979), a popular self-report instrument measuring phobic concerns, were collected from both a community and a collegiate sample. The covariation and internal consistency of the blood-injury phobia (BI), social phobia (SO), and agoraphobia (AG) subscales were assessed in each sample, and the factor structure of the items from these three subscales was examined. Results indicated that, in general, community subjects reported more phobic concerns than did collegiate subjects, and females reported greater phobic concerns than did males. Results from confirmatory factor analyses suggest that the three factors of BI, SO, and AG did not emerge from either data set. Follow-up exploratory factor analyses did identify the general factors of blood-injury phobia and agoraphobia. Normative data from the present study are compared to those obtained previously, and directions for future research are provided.

Key words

Fear Questionnaire agoraphobia normative data factor structure clinical significance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy J. Trull
    • 1
  • Eric Hillerbrand
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbia

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