A short form of the Worry Domains Questionnaire: Construction and factorial validation.

Stoeber, J. and Joormann, J. (2001) A short form of the Worry Domains Questionnaire: Construction and factorial validation. Personality and Individual Differences, 31 (4). pp. 591-598. ISSN 0191-8869. (Full text available)

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Abstract

The Worry Domains Questionnaire (WDQ) [Tallis, F., Eysenck M.W., & Mathews, (1992). A questionnaire for the measurement of nonpathological worry. Personality and Individual Differences, 13, 161–168)] is an instrument widely used to assess the amount of worry across five domains of everyday concern: relationships, lack of confidence, aimless future, work, and financial issues. With 25 items, however, the WDQ is somewhat lengthy. The aim of the present study was therefore to construct a 10-item short form (WDQ-SF). A sample of 1080 university students completed the 25 items of the WDQ. One-half of the sample was used to construct the WDQ-SF by selecting two appropriate items from each of the five WDQ domain subscales. The other half of the sample was used to cross-validate the factorial structure of the WDQ-SF by means of confirmatory factor analysis. Like the WDQ, the WDQ-SF displayed high internal consistency (Cronbach's ALPHA=0.88) and a clear five-factor structure. Moreover, the WDQ-SF showed a near-perfect correlation with the WDQ long form (r=0.97). Thus, the WDQ-SF represents a reliable and economical alternative to the full 25-item scale.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Anxiety; worry; generalized anxiety disorder; scale constructions; structural equation modeling.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2008 13:57
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 17:03
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4474 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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