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

DOI: 10.1007/s10862-016-9585-3

Cite this article as:
MacKenzie, M.B., Kocovski, N.L., Blackie, R.A. et al. J Psychopathol Behav Assess (2017) 39: 342. doi:10.1007/s10862-016-9585-3

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 

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Ontario Mental Health Foundation
  • 1-51-54320
Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • ER09-06-227

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

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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