Umberto Granziol, Gioia Bottesi, Francesca Serra, Andrea Spoto, Giulio Vidotto
Department of General Psychology – University of Padua, Via Venezia 8, 35131, Padova (PD), Italy
The assessment of the social anxiety disorder (SAD) is still a debated issue. The diagnostic tools mostly used to assess SAD cover different aspects, but not exhaustively. Consequently, a list of items that allows both detecting and analyzing an exhaustive set of symptoms needs still a better definition. The aim of the present study is to provide such a list, by means of a new methodology, i.e., the formal psychological assessment (FPA). Two lists were built: the former contained an update set of 17 SAD symptoms, taken from DSM-5, theoretical models and scientific literature; the latter contained 164 items taken from nine well-known SAD questionnaires. By means of formal and logical steps provided by FPA, a final list of forty non-redundant items emerged. Such list exhaustively investigates all the 17 attributes. The relationships among items were also analyzed, providing a model of assessment that could be able to precisely distinguish between patients with a similar score, but two slightly different symptomatology. Finally, the clinical implications of each feature of the found list are discussed, like the possibility of defining an adaptive and computerized assessment based on a questionnaire built from the found list.
Keywords: Social Anxiety Disorder; Formal Psychological Assessment; Clinical context
Published online: 2017/09/01
Published print: 2017/09/01
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