The present study examined the psychometric ethnic equivalence of the Social Phobia Scale (SPS) and the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS). Results from a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) revealed a 3-factor solution for the South-Asian American sample that largely resembles results found in prior research conducted with Caucasian American samples. An exploratory factor analysis for the East-Asian American sample revealed a 5- factor solution. Four of the five factors consisted of items from both scales indicating the two scales do not assess social interaction versus social performance anxiety exclusively among East-Asian Americans.
Citation: Condit CS, Carter MM, Tang D, Rothstein LA (2015) Cultural Validity and the Measurement of Social Anxiety: Asian American Groups are not Psychometrically Equivalent. J Depress Anxiety 4:174.