Development of a Brief Version of the Social Anxiety – Acceptance and Action Questionnaire

  • Meagan B. MacKenzie
  • Nancy L. Kocovski
  • Rebecca A. Blackie
  • Lauren C. Carrique
  • Jan E. Fleming
  • Martin M. Antony
Article

Abstract

The Social Anxiety – Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (SA-AAQ; MacKenzie and Kocovski 2010) is a 19-item self-report measure designed to assess acceptance and action specific to social anxiety symptoms. The present research was designed to evaluate an abbreviated version of the SA-AAQ. This abbreviated scale was confirmed using an undergraduate sample (N = 148) in Study 1 and a clinical sample of individuals with social anxiety disorder in Study 2 (N = 137). Results indicated that an eight-item, two-factor model (acceptance and action) provided a good fit for the Brief SA-AAQ in both samples. Finally, we also found preliminary evidence in support of the convergent, discriminant/divergent, and incremental validity of the shortened scale. The Brief SA-AAQ shows promise as a useful and brief tool for the measurement of acceptance of social anxiety symptoms in socially anxious populations.

Keywords

Social anxiety Social phobia AAQ Acceptance Experiential avoidance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meagan B. MacKenzie
    • 1
  • Nancy L. Kocovski
    • 2
  • Rebecca A. Blackie
    • 2
  • Lauren C. Carrique
    • 2
  • Jan E. Fleming
    • 3
  • Martin M. Antony
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada
  3. 3.Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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