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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (IJMS)   MARCH 2008 , Volume 33 , Number 1; Page(s) 1 To 6.
 
Paper: 

PSYCHOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS OF PERSIAN VERSION OF THE TORONTO ALEXITHYMIA SCALE-20 IN CLINICAL AND NON-CLINICAL SAMPLES

 
 
Author(s):  BESHARAT MOHAMMAD ALI*
 
* DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Alexithymia as a cluster of cognitive and affective deficits has been studied for its ability to predict a variety of psychological disorders. Given its clinical importance, various self report questionnaires have been developed to measure alexithymia.
The aim of this study was to determine the psychometric characteristics of Persian version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 (FTAS-20) using confirmatory factor analysis.

Methods: 175 patients (102 women, 73 men) who met the DSM-IV -TR criteria for depressive, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorders, and 173 normal adults (99 women, 74 men) completed the FTAS-20.
Results: Findings supported the three-factor structure, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and predictive validity of FTAS-20 in both clinical and non-clinical samples.

Conclusion: The three FTAS-20 subscales are useful to explore the distinct facets of the alexithymia construct.

 
Keyword(s): ALEXITHYMIA, RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, FACTOR ANALYSIS
 
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