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The German version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia: factor structure, reliability, and concurrent validity in a psychiatric patient sample.
Compr Psychiatry. 2009 Sep-Oct; 50(5):424-30.CP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Recently, the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia (TSIA) was developed to supplement the self-assessment of alexithymia and/or offer a different method of measuring the alexithymia construct. The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a German language translation of the TSIA in a psychiatric patient sample.

METHODS

Translation and back-translation were performed until a high agreement of cross-language equivalence was obtained between the German and the original English language version of the TSIA. The TSIA and the German language version of the 20-Item Toronto Alexithymia Scale were administered to 237 psychiatric patients at the departments of psychiatry and psychotherapy in Germany and Switzerland. Videotapes of some of the interviews were recorded for the assessment of interrater reliability.

RESULTS

The German version of the TSIA and its 4 scales correlated significantly with the German version of the 20-Item Toronto Alexithymia Scale and its 3 factor scales, providing support for concurrent validity of the interview. Confirmatory factor analyses supported the hierarchical, 4-factor structure obtained with the original English version, with 4 lower-order factors nested within 2 higher-order latent factors. Acceptable levels of internal reliability and interrater reliability were also demonstrated.

CONCLUSION

The TSIA is a valid and reliable measure for assessing alexithymia, at least in clinical samples. The TSIA, together with a self-report alexithymia scale, allow for a multimethod approach to assessing alexithymia.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany. grabeh@uni-greifswald.deNo 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 availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19683612

Citation

Grabe, Hans Joergen, et al. "The German Version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia: Factor Structure, Reliability, and Concurrent Validity in a Psychiatric Patient Sample." Comprehensive Psychiatry, vol. 50, no. 5, 2009, pp. 424-30.
Grabe HJ, Löbel S, Dittrich D, et al. The German version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia: factor structure, reliability, and concurrent validity in a psychiatric patient sample. Compr Psychiatry. 2009;50(5):424-30.
Grabe, H. J., Löbel, S., Dittrich, D., Bagby, R. M., Taylor, G. J., Quilty, L. C., Spitzer, C., Barnow, S., Mathier, F., Jenewein, J., Freyberger, H. J., & Rufer, M. (2009). The German version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia: factor structure, reliability, and concurrent validity in a psychiatric patient sample. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 50(5), 424-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comppsych.2008.11.008
Grabe HJ, et al. The German Version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia: Factor Structure, Reliability, and Concurrent Validity in a Psychiatric Patient Sample. Compr Psychiatry. 2009 Sep-Oct;50(5):424-30. PubMed PMID: 19683612.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The German version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia: factor structure, reliability, and concurrent validity in a psychiatric patient sample. AU - Grabe,Hans Joergen, AU - Löbel,Susi, AU - Dittrich,Daniel, AU - Bagby,R Michael, AU - Taylor,Graeme J, AU - Quilty,Lena C, AU - Spitzer,Carsten, AU - Barnow,Sven, AU - Mathier,Fabienne, AU - Jenewein,Josef, AU - Freyberger,Harald J, AU - Rufer,Michael, Y1 - 2009/01/16/ PY - 2008/08/26/received PY - 2008/10/16/revised PY - 2008/11/02/accepted PY - 2009/8/18/entrez PY - 2009/8/18/pubmed PY - 2009/11/3/medline SP - 424 EP - 30 JF - Comprehensive psychiatry JO - Compr Psychiatry VL - 50 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: Recently, the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia (TSIA) was developed to supplement the self-assessment of alexithymia and/or offer a different method of measuring the alexithymia construct. The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a German language translation of the TSIA in a psychiatric patient sample. METHODS: Translation and back-translation were performed until a high agreement of cross-language equivalence was obtained between the German and the original English language version of the TSIA. The TSIA and the German language version of the 20-Item Toronto Alexithymia Scale were administered to 237 psychiatric patients at the departments of psychiatry and psychotherapy in Germany and Switzerland. Videotapes of some of the interviews were recorded for the assessment of interrater reliability. RESULTS: The German version of the TSIA and its 4 scales correlated significantly with the German version of the 20-Item Toronto Alexithymia Scale and its 3 factor scales, providing support for concurrent validity of the interview. Confirmatory factor analyses supported the hierarchical, 4-factor structure obtained with the original English version, with 4 lower-order factors nested within 2 higher-order latent factors. Acceptable levels of internal reliability and interrater reliability were also demonstrated. CONCLUSION: The TSIA is a valid and reliable measure for assessing alexithymia, at least in clinical samples. The TSIA, together with a self-report alexithymia scale, allow for a multimethod approach to assessing alexithymia. SN - 1532-8384 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19683612/The_German_version_of_the_Toronto_Structured_Interview_for_Alexithymia:_factor_structure_reliability_and_concurrent_validity_in_a_psychiatric_patient_sample_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0010-440X(08)00174-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -