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The Acceptance and Action Questionnaire – Stigma (AAQ-S): Developing a Measure of Psychological Flexibility with Stigmatizing Thoughts
Psychology Faculty Publications
  • Michael E. Levin, Utah State University
  • Jason B. Luoma, Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research and Training Center, Portland, OR
  • Jason Lillis
  • Steven C. Hayes, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Roger Vilardaga, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
Document Type
Report
Publication Date
1-1-2014
Abstract

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.

Citation Information
Michael E. Levin, Jason B. Luoma, Jason Lillis, Steven C. Hayes, et al.. "The Acceptance and Action Questionnaire – Stigma (AAQ-S): Developing a Measure of Psychological Flexibility with Stigmatizing Thoughts" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael-levin/3/