Zeitschrift für Depression und Angst

Zeitschrift für Depression und Angst
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ISSN: 2167-1044


Factor Structure Analysis, Validity and Reliability of the Health Anxiety Inventory-Short Form

Rabiei Mehdi, Kalantari Mehrdad, Asgari Kariem and Bahrami Fatemeh

The purpose of this study was to examine the factor structure, validity and reliability of the Persian-language version of Health Anxiety Inventory-Short. Participants were 500 (170 male and 326 female) selected randomly (cluster sampling sample) studied in a sample of Iranian college students. Convergent validity of Health Anxiety Inventory— Short Form with Yale–Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale modified for BDD, The Obsessive–Compulsive Inventory- Revised and Depression Anxiety Stress Scales 21-item version were r=0.45, r=0.51 and r=0.7 (p<0.001). Confirmatory factor analyses revealed, HAI-SF (18 items) that health anxiety, as measured by the HAI-SF, adequately fits the current data. The Cronbach’s alpha for total factor was 0.89. Also, results were shown to possess discriminant validity and classification accuracy, in both clinical and community populations. It can be concluded that this instrument is a useful measure for assess health anxiety and hypochondria symptoms in clinical assessment.