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Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 415-424

Fear of Movement/Injury in the General Population: Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of an Adapted Version of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia

  • R. M. A. HoubenAffiliated withDepartment of Medical, Clinical, and Experimental Psychology, Maastricht UniversityDepartment of Medical, Clinical, and Experimental Psychology, Maastricht University Email author 
  • , M. LeeuwAffiliated withDepartment of Medical, Clinical, and Experimental Psychology, Maastricht University
  • , J. W. S. VlaeyenAffiliated withDepartment of Medical, Clinical, and Experimental Psychology, Maastricht University
  • , L. GoubertAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University
  • , H. S. J. PicavetAffiliated withCenter for Prevention and Health Services Research, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

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In recent years, several studies have pointed out the importance of pain-related fear in the development and maintenance of chronic pain. An important instrument for measuring pain-related fear in the context of low back pain is the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK). Recently, a version of this questionnaire has been developed for administration among the general population (TSK-G). To determine the factor structure of the TSK-G, data from a random sample of the Dutch general population were studied separately for people who had had back complaints in the previous year, and people who had been without back complaints. For both groups the TSK-G appeared to consist of one, internally consistent, factor of 12 items. The one-factor TSK-G also appeared valid after comparison with scores on measures of catastrophizing and general health status.

KEY WORDS:

pain-related fear fear-avoidance beliefs general population TSK psychometric properties