The Acceptance and Action Questionnaire - Stigma (AAQ-S): Developing a measure of psychological flexibility with stigmatizing thoughts.

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Journal Article

The current study sought to develop and test the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire - Stigma (AAQ-S), a measure of psychological flexibility with stigmatizing thoughts. A sample of 604 undergraduate students completed an online survey, which included an initial pool of 43 AAQ-S items as well as measures related to psychological flexibility and stigma. Expert judge ratings and factor analysis were used to identify and refine two distinct subscales; psychological flexibility and psychological inflexibility relating to stigmatizing thoughts. Analyses indicated that the AAQ-S psychological flexibility and inflexibility subscales, as well as a combined total score, correlate with other measures of psychological flexibility and stigma in expected ways, and are more predictive of stigma than a general measure of psychological flexibility. Overall, the results suggest that the AAQ-S could be a useful measure in conducting future stigma research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Levin, ME; Luoma, JB; Lillis, J; Hayes, SC; Vilardaga, R

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 26

PubMed ID

  • 25485230

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25485230

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2212-1447

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jcbs.2013.11.003

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands