The reliability and validity of the Perceived Stigmatization Questionnaire (PSQ) and the Social Comfort Questionnaire (SCQ) among an adult burn survivor sample

John W. Lawrence, James A. Fauerbach, Leslie J. Heinberg, Marion Doctor, Brett D. Thombs

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Abstract

In this study, 361 adult burn survivors completed the Perceived Stigmatization Questionnaire (PSQ), the Social Comfort Questionnaire (SCQ), and other measures. Both the PSQ and SCQ had good internal consistency indices. Factor analysis of the PSQ yielded 3 factors (absence of friendly behavior, confused/staring behavior, and hostile behavior). The SCQ had 1 factor. Conjoint factor analysis with measures of related constructs (body esteem, body-esteem importance, depression, social support) suggested that PSQ and SCQ measure distinct constructs. Correlations with the related psychosocial constructs and burn characteristics suggested the PSQ and SCQ have good convergent and discriminant validity. Limitations of the study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Social comfort
  • Stigmatization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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