An examination of the psychometric properties and factor structure of the feelings of stigmatization questionnaire

Anja Wittkowski, Helen L. Richards, Jennifer Williams, Donal G. Fortune, Christopher E M Griffiths, Chris J. Main

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    Abstract

    As the experience of stigma and its psychological dimensions require careful measurement, the purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties and factor structure of the Feelings of Stigmatization Questionnaire (FSQ). A total of 170 participants with psoriasis and 124 with atopic dermatitis (AD) completed the FSQ. AD participants self-rated AD severity, while psoriasis severity was determined by a clinician. Confirmatory (CFA) and exploratory factor analytic (EFA) techniques were used to examine the factor structure of the FSQ. The FSQ total score was not related to age, age at onset, illness duration or psoriasis severity but it was negatively associated with AD severity (r = -.25, p <.01). The original six-factor structure of the FSQ was not replicated in our sample. Using EFA, a fixed three-factor solution proved the most stable, with the dimensions of feeling flawed, anticipation of rejection and secrecy, and positive attitudes towards skin disease being identified.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number248 (2007)
    Pages (from-to)248-257
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of clinical psychology in medical settings
    Volume14
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2007
    EventDCP Annual Conference, London - London, UK
    Duration: 13 Dec 200714 Dec 2007

    Keywords

    • Atopic dermatitis
    • Measurement
    • Psoriasis
    • Stigmatization

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