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Further Study of the Psychometric Qualities of a Brief Screening Tool for Social Phobia (MINI-SPIN) Applied to Clinical and Nonclinical Samples

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  • Flávia de Lima Osório PhD,

    1. Flávia de Lima Osório, PhD, is a Research Assistant, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil; José Alexandre S. Crippa, MD, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil; and Sonia Regina Loureiro, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil.
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  • José Alexandre S. Crippa MD, PhD,

    1. Flávia de Lima Osório, PhD, is a Research Assistant, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil; José Alexandre S. Crippa, MD, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil; and Sonia Regina Loureiro, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil.
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  • Sonia Regina Loureiro PhD

    1. Flávia de Lima Osório, PhD, is a Research Assistant, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil; José Alexandre S. Crippa, MD, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil; and Sonia Regina Loureiro, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo and INCT Translational Medicine, Brazil.
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Author contact: jcrippa@fmrp.usp.br, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE.  The purpose of this study was to further assess the psychometric qualities of the Mini-Social Phobia Inventory (MS) to screen for social anxiety disorder (SAD).

DESIGN AND METHODS.  The MS and other self- and clinician-rated scales for anxiety and social anxiety were applied in 2,314 university students and in samples of SAD patients (n = 88) and nonpatients (n = 90).

FINDINGS.  The MS revealed adequate discriminative validity, internal consistency (α= 0.49–0.73), convergent validity with the Social Phobia Inventory, Brief Social Phobia Scale, and Self-Statements During Public Speaking Scale and convergent and divergent validity with the Beck Anxiety Inventory.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS.  The MS has shown to be a fast and efficient screening instrument for SAD in different cultures and contexts.

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