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Psychometric analysis of the mass shootings worry inventory

Sherman A. Lee1* Jeffrey A. Gibbons1
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1 Department of Psychology, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia, United States of America
Submitted: 17 April 2023 | Accepted: 26 July 2023 | Published: 10 July 2023
© 2023 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( )

Mass shootings are a growing public health concern. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the debilitating forms of anxiety that arise from this modern form of public gun violence. Therefore, this study examined the properties of the mass shootings worry inventory (MSWI) using data from 757 adults. The results suggest that this newly developed instrument demonstrates solid reliability, convergent validity, and known-group validity. These findings encourage clinicians and researchers to use the MSWI to aid their efforts in confronting this health crisis.

Mass shootings
Gun violence
Dysfunctional worry
Functional impairment
Drug and alcohol coping
Post-traumatic stress
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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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