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Cross-cultural alexithymia: validity of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in North American aboriginal populations.
J Psychosom Res. 2005 Jan; 58(1):83-8.JP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The generalizability of the alexithymia construct to North American aboriginal culture was examined by assessing the replicability of the factor structure of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) in two different adult samples. The study also assessed the reliability of the scale and the influence of gender, age, and education on alexithymia levels.

METHOD

The first sample was a community-based group of 123 aboriginal men and women; the second sample was 102 male aboriginal offenders. Both samples completed the TAS-20.

RESULTS

The replicability of the three-factor structure for the TAS-20 was supported in both groups using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). The TAS-20 and its three factors demonstrated adequate internal reliability, and the variables of gender, age, and education accounted for small or nonsignificant amounts of variability in total TAS-20 and factor scale scores.

CONCLUSION

The results provide additional support for the factorial validity of the TAS-20 in diverse cultural groups.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Emotion and Health Research Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8. jparker@trentu.caNo 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

15771874

Citation

Parker, James D A., et al. "Cross-cultural Alexithymia: Validity of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in North American Aboriginal Populations." Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 58, no. 1, 2005, pp. 83-8.
Parker JD, Shaughnessy PA, Wood LM, et al. Cross-cultural alexithymia: validity of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in North American aboriginal populations. J Psychosom Res. 2005;58(1):83-8.
Parker, J. D., Shaughnessy, P. A., Wood, L. M., Majeski, S. A., & Eastabrook, J. M. (2005). Cross-cultural alexithymia: validity of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in North American aboriginal populations. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 58(1), 83-8.
Parker JD, et al. Cross-cultural Alexithymia: Validity of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in North American Aboriginal Populations. J Psychosom Res. 2005;58(1):83-8. PubMed PMID: 15771874.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cross-cultural alexithymia: validity of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in North American aboriginal populations. AU - Parker,James D A, AU - Shaughnessy,Peggy A, AU - Wood,Laura M, AU - Majeski,Sarah A, AU - Eastabrook,Jennifer M, PY - 2003/12/01/received PY - 2004/06/16/accepted PY - 2005/3/18/pubmed PY - 2005/7/29/medline PY - 2005/3/18/entrez SP - 83 EP - 8 JF - Journal of psychosomatic research JO - J Psychosom Res VL - 58 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The generalizability of the alexithymia construct to North American aboriginal culture was examined by assessing the replicability of the factor structure of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) in two different adult samples. The study also assessed the reliability of the scale and the influence of gender, age, and education on alexithymia levels. METHOD: The first sample was a community-based group of 123 aboriginal men and women; the second sample was 102 male aboriginal offenders. Both samples completed the TAS-20. RESULTS: The replicability of the three-factor structure for the TAS-20 was supported in both groups using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). The TAS-20 and its three factors demonstrated adequate internal reliability, and the variables of gender, age, and education accounted for small or nonsignificant amounts of variability in total TAS-20 and factor scale scores. CONCLUSION: The results provide additional support for the factorial validity of the TAS-20 in diverse cultural groups. SN - 0022-3999 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15771874/Cross_cultural_alexithymia:_validity_of_the_20_item_Toronto_Alexithymia_Scale_in_North_American_aboriginal_populations_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0022-3999(04)00502-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -