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Cross-cultural validation of a Chinese translation of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale.
Compr Psychiatry. 2007 Sep-Oct; 48(5):489-96.CP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The purpose of the present study was to develop a Chinese translation of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20-C) and examine its reliability and factorial validity.

METHODS

The original English version of the TAS-20 was first translated into Chinese and then backtranslated and modified until cross-language equivalence was established. This version was then completed by 870 undergraduate students and 179 clinical patients in China. Internal reliability, retest reliability, and factorial validity were evaluated.

RESULTS

The TAS-20-C showed adequate internal and retest reliability in both samples. Average TAS-20-C scores in Chinese samples were slightly higher than, but comparable to, TAS-20 scores in English-speaking Canadian samples; as well, scores were higher in the clinical sample than in the student sample. Finally, confirmatory factor analysis supported the 3-factor structure of the TAS-20 in both samples.

CONCLUSIONS

The TAS-20-C is a promising instrument for reliable and valid measurement of alexithymia in China.

Authors+Show Affiliations

The Medical Psychological Research Center, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, PR China.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Validation Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17707259

Citation

Zhu, Xiongzhao, et al. "Cross-cultural Validation of a Chinese Translation of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale." Comprehensive Psychiatry, vol. 48, no. 5, 2007, pp. 489-96.
Zhu X, Yi J, Yao S, et al. Cross-cultural validation of a Chinese translation of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Compr Psychiatry. 2007;48(5):489-96.
Zhu, X., Yi, J., Yao, S., Ryder, A. G., Taylor, G. J., & Bagby, R. M. (2007). Cross-cultural validation of a Chinese translation of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 48(5), 489-96.
Zhu X, et al. Cross-cultural Validation of a Chinese Translation of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Compr Psychiatry. 2007 Sep-Oct;48(5):489-96. PubMed PMID: 17707259.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cross-cultural validation of a Chinese translation of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. AU - Zhu,Xiongzhao, AU - Yi,Jinyao, AU - Yao,Shuqiao, AU - Ryder,Andrew G, AU - Taylor,Graeme J, AU - Bagby,R Michael, Y1 - 2007/07/05/ PY - 2007/04/11/received PY - 2007/04/15/accepted PY - 2007/8/21/pubmed PY - 2007/10/31/medline PY - 2007/8/21/entrez SP - 489 EP - 96 JF - Comprehensive psychiatry JO - Compr Psychiatry VL - 48 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: The purpose of the present study was to develop a Chinese translation of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20-C) and examine its reliability and factorial validity. METHODS: The original English version of the TAS-20 was first translated into Chinese and then backtranslated and modified until cross-language equivalence was established. This version was then completed by 870 undergraduate students and 179 clinical patients in China. Internal reliability, retest reliability, and factorial validity were evaluated. RESULTS: The TAS-20-C showed adequate internal and retest reliability in both samples. Average TAS-20-C scores in Chinese samples were slightly higher than, but comparable to, TAS-20 scores in English-speaking Canadian samples; as well, scores were higher in the clinical sample than in the student sample. Finally, confirmatory factor analysis supported the 3-factor structure of the TAS-20 in both samples. CONCLUSIONS: The TAS-20-C is a promising instrument for reliable and valid measurement of alexithymia in China. SN - 0010-440X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17707259/Cross_cultural_validation_of_a_Chinese_translation_of_the_20_item_Toronto_Alexithymia_Scale_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0010-440X(07)00056-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -