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Psychometric properties of the Finnish 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale.
Nord J Psychiatry. 2001; 55(2):123-7.NJ

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the factor structure and the validity of the Finnish version of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). As part of the Northern Finland 1966 Birth Cohort Project, the TAS-20 was presented to a sample of 5034 31-year old persons. A confirmatory factor analysis showed that the three-factor model, earlier established with the original TAS-20, was in agreement with the Finnish version of the scale. Three criteria of goodness-of-fit met the standards for adequacy of fit. For the total scale, internal reliability (Cronbach's alpha) was 0.83 and for the three subscales (factors 1, 2, and 3) it was 0.81, 0.77, and 0.66, respectively. Two- and one-factor models for TAS-20 were also examined, but the other models did not perform as well as the three-factor model. The factor model also worked well with a sample of 516 students with a mean age of 24.8 years. In conclusion, the TAS-20 scale is useful in the Finnish version, too.

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Department of Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, P.O. Box 5000, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Validation Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11802910

Citation

Joukamaa, M, et al. "Psychometric Properties of the Finnish 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale." Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 55, no. 2, 2001, pp. 123-7.
Joukamaa M, Miettunen J, Kokkonen P, et al. Psychometric properties of the Finnish 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Nord J Psychiatry. 2001;55(2):123-7.
Joukamaa, M., Miettunen, J., Kokkonen, P., Koskinen, M., Julkunen, J., Kauhanen, J., Jokelainen, J., Veijola, J., Läksy, K., & Järvelin, M. R. (2001). Psychometric properties of the Finnish 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 55(2), 123-7.
Joukamaa M, et al. Psychometric Properties of the Finnish 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Nord J Psychiatry. 2001;55(2):123-7. PubMed PMID: 11802910.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Psychometric properties of the Finnish 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. AU - Joukamaa,M, AU - Miettunen,J, AU - Kokkonen,P, AU - Koskinen,M, AU - Julkunen,J, AU - Kauhanen,J, AU - Jokelainen,J, AU - Veijola,J, AU - Läksy,K, AU - Järvelin,M R, PY - 2002/1/23/pubmed PY - 2002/3/16/medline PY - 2002/1/23/entrez SP - 123 EP - 7 JF - Nordic journal of psychiatry JO - Nord J Psychiatry VL - 55 IS - 2 N2 - The aim of this study was to examine the factor structure and the validity of the Finnish version of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). As part of the Northern Finland 1966 Birth Cohort Project, the TAS-20 was presented to a sample of 5034 31-year old persons. A confirmatory factor analysis showed that the three-factor model, earlier established with the original TAS-20, was in agreement with the Finnish version of the scale. Three criteria of goodness-of-fit met the standards for adequacy of fit. For the total scale, internal reliability (Cronbach's alpha) was 0.83 and for the three subscales (factors 1, 2, and 3) it was 0.81, 0.77, and 0.66, respectively. Two- and one-factor models for TAS-20 were also examined, but the other models did not perform as well as the three-factor model. The factor model also worked well with a sample of 516 students with a mean age of 24.8 years. In conclusion, the TAS-20 scale is useful in the Finnish version, too. SN - 0803-9488 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11802910/Psychometric_properties_of_the_Finnish_20_item_Toronto_Alexithymia_Scale_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08039480151108561 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -