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Factor Structure, Validity, and Reliability of the Fear Questionnaire in a Hong Kong Chinese Population

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  • Fear Questionnaire
  • Anxiety Assessment
  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Factor Structure
  • Phobias

Abstract

This study examined the factor structure, validity and reliability of the Fear Questionnaire in Hong Kong. The sample consisted of 226 college students who were ethnic Chinese and they came from different parts of Hong Kong. Exlporatory factor analysis produced three meaningful factors. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the three-factor model of Marks and Mathews (1979) in the present sample of subjects. Findings also showed that the Fear Questionnaire was both reliable and valid. Limitations of the study and implications for future research in this area were discussed. In particular, the need to assess the cross-cultural application of the Fear Qeestionnaire was stressed.

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