Researchers Uncover Subtle Differences in Anxiety Assessment
A person's reaction level to stress is called anxiety reactivity. How long the anxiety persists after exposure to stress is called anxiety preservation. A recent article discussed an Australian study which attempted to isolate anxiety reactivity and preservation in order to determine how each one impacted a person's overall STAI-T score. The study involved 39 university aged subjects. The interviewer in the study administered the STAI-T to the subjects and then followed up with questions directed particularly at anxiety response and duration.
The study revealed that reactivity and preservation have unique causes and effects on overall anxiety. The evidence for independent impacts was demonstrated among all the subjects interviewed. This suggested to the researchers a need for more precise measures which could better reflect the differences between anxiety reactivity and anxiety preservation. Refining the STAI-T tool so that it would reflect the subtleties in the two, say the Australian researchers, would yield an instrument better equipped to evaluate patient conditions. That, in turn, should produce better anxiety treatment.