Psychometric Properties of the Response to Anxiety Questionnaire

Danielle L. Taylor, De Mond M. Grant, Kristen E. Frosio, Jacob D. Kraft, Evan J. White

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Recent research highlights the importance of transdiagnostic factors of psychopathology, particularly in understanding comorbidity. Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) is one such factor, which may elucidate anxiety-depression comorbidity. The Response to Anxiety Questionnaire (RAQ) aims to evaluate repetitive negative thinking (RNT) related to anxiety-depression comorbidity, specifically hopelessness and rumination about anxiety symptoms. Anxious hopelessness is negative thoughts about the future due to anxiety symptoms, and anxious rumination includes negative evaluations of the meaning of anxiety symptoms, therefore the current study assessed the RAQ in three studies. We used exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis methodologies to examine the factor structure of the RAQ. In addition, we tested indirect effects of the two factors of RAQ (Rumination and Hopelessness) between anxiety and depression, and tested measure convergent validity. Results of the current study provide additional support for the psychometric properties of the RAQ, suggesting a two factor makeup (hopelessness, rumination), as well as its use in predicting anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-562
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Repetitive negative thinking (RNT)
  • Response to anxiety questionnaire


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