Psychology, Department of



Debra A. Hope

Date of this Version



Behaviour Research and Therapy 42:2 (February 2004), pp. 241–247.

doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2003.10.002


Copyright © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. Used by permission.


Within our current research climate, an emphasis has been placed on examining the cross-cultural applicability of psychological tools and exploring their utility with people of different backgrounds. Within this line of investigation lies the risk of classifying people too broadly and masking important regional, tribal, or dialectical differences. This may be particularly potent among Native Americans, given the number of distinct indigenous entities. This study examined the psychometric characteristics of the Anxiety Sensitivity Index with a tribally homogeneous sample, as compared to previous tribally heterogeneous and majority culture findings. Results suggested that data from a homogeneous Native American sample poorly fit factor solutions reported from heterogeneous Native American and Caucasian samples, and favored a unifactorial solution. Implications for assessment with Native American peoples are discussed.

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