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Title: A meta-analytic investigation of the psychometric properties of the Health Anxiety Questionnaire and the Health Anxiety Inventory
Author: Stenning, Nicholas James
ISNI:       0000 0004 6494 6698
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2017
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Introduction: valid, norm-referenced questionnaires are essential for research and clinical practice. After initial scale validation efforts, the validity and reliability of questionnaires are frequently not re-assessed. The Short Health Anxiety Inventory (SHAI) and the Health Anxiety Questionnaire (HAQ) were subject to norm-generation and a validation exercise using meta-analysis. This information informed a commentary on the cognitive-behavioural conceptualisation of heath anxiety. Method: a reverse citation search from the publication date of each paper to April 2016 was conducted using Medline, PychInfo and Web of Science. Data was extracted regarding mean score, standard deviation, reliability coefficients and correlations with other measures from all studies utilising either scale. Data was included from a total of 137 study arms. Results: population norms for both scales in various populations were generated via the meta-analysis of mean scores. The SHAI was found to have good average reliability (! =0.870, computed from 54 studies) and correlations with other psychometric support its construct validity. There was insufficient data to assess the reliability and validity of the HAQ using meta-analysis. Discussion: under the current analysis, the SHAI was confirmed to have good construct validity and reliability. Correlations between the SHAI and other measures provided evidence that supported the cognitive-behavioural conceptualisation of health anxiety. There was no evidence that the HAQ lacked construct validity, however this could not be confirmed with the available data.
Supervisor: Latchford, Gary ; Morley, Stephen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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