The present study was designed to test for item order effects by measuring four distinct constructs that contribute substantively to anxiety-related psychopathology (i.e., anxiety sensitivity, fear of negative evaluation, injury/illness sensitivity, and intolerance of uncertainty). Participants (n = 999; 71% women) were randomly assigned to complete measures for each construct presented in one of two modalities: (a) items presented cohesively as measures or (b) items presented randomly interspersed with one another. The results suggested that item order had a relatively small impact on item endorsement, response patterns, and reliabilities. The small impact was such that item order appears unlikely to influence clinical decisions related to these measures. These findings not only have implications for these and other similar measures, but further inform a long-standing debate about whether item grouping is a substantial concern in measurement. Accessed 6,950 times on https://pareonline.net from April 21, 2012 to December 31, 2019. For downloads from January 1, 2020 forward, please click on the PlumX Metrics link to the right.
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Carleton, R. Nicholas; Thibodeau, Michel A.; Osborne, Jason W.; and Asmundson, Gordon J. G.
"Exploring Item Order in Anxiety-Related Constructs: Practical Impacts of Serial Position,"
Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation: Vol. 17
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/pare/vol17/iss1/7