Confirmatory factor analysis of the Beck Anxiety Inventory among Chinese postgraduates

Yicheng Zhou1, Jing An2, Mingwang Cheng3, Liying Sheng4, Guoqiang Rui1, Mamubieke Mahefuzha5, Jun Yao6
1Collaborative Innovation Center for New-type Urbanization and Social Governance of Jiangsu Province, School of Politics and Public Administration, Soochow University, People’s Republic of China
2School of Economics and Management, Changzhou Institute of Technology, People’s Republic of China
3College of Economics and Management, Tongji University, People’s Republic of China
4College of Economics and Management, Shenyang Agricultural University, People’s Republic of China
5School of Politics and Public Administration, Xinjiang University, People’s Republic of China
6School of Health Policy and Management, Nanjing Medical University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Zhou, Y., An, J., Cheng, M., Sheng, L., Rui, G., Mahefuzha, M., & Yao, J. (2018). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Beck Anxiety Inventory among Chinese postgraduates. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 46(8), 1245-1254.

Volume 46 Issue 8 | e6923 | Published: August 2018 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6923

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We examined the factor structure of the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) with 531 students at 6 universities in Nanjing to evaluate its applicability as a measure of the anxiety of Chinese postgraduates. We performed exploratory factor analysis to identify the potential factor structure of the BAI. We referred to confirmatory factor analysis models from previous studies for model fit. All 7 competing models fitted well with the students’ data. The 4-factor structure proposed by Wetherell and Areán yielded the best fit. Results indicate that the BAI has satisfactory reliability and validity among Chinese postgraduates.

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