Cognitive Avoidance Questionnaire: Factor structure and psychometric properties.

  • José Miguel Latorre Postigo University of Castilla La Mancha. Department of Psychology, Albacete, Spain. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6159-5074
  • Marta Nieto López Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
  • Mª Antonia Unidad de Salud Mental, Hospital General de Villarrobledo, SESCAM, Albacete, Spain
  • Laura Ros Segura University of Castilla La Mancha. Department of Psychology, Albacete, Spain. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5567-8589
  • Jesús Heras University of Castilla La Mancha. Department of Psychology, Albacete, Spain.
  • Jorge Javier Ricarte Trives https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7040-3249
Keywords: Cognitive Avoidance Questionnaire, Anxiety disorders, Worry, Coping strategies, Rumination, Psychometrics

Abstract

Cognitive avoidance refers to strategies and efforts toward prevention of aversive experiences and events that provoke anxiety. The present study analyzed the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Cognitive Avoidance Questionnaire (CAQ; Sexton & Dugas, 2008), an instrument that assesses five worry-related cognitive avoidance strategies. The Spanish translation was administered to a non-clinical sample of 614 participants (18-82 years). The total scale and subscales showed good to excellent internal consistency. Using confirmatory factor analysis, a five-factor model showed a good fit between the theoretical structure and the empirical data. Evidence of convergent and discriminant validity was obtained through analysis of the correlations of the questionnaire with measures of worry, thought suppression, rumination and coping styles. The results yielded satisfactory preliminary data on the Spanish adaptation of the CAQ, which could provide for further advances in clinical practice and research on cognitive processes and anxiety disorders. 

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Published
05-08-2020
How to Cite
Latorre Postigo, J. M., Nieto López, M., Font Payeras, M. A., Ros Segura, L., Heras, J., & Ricarte Trives, J. J. (2020). Cognitive Avoidance Questionnaire: Factor structure and psychometric properties. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 36(3), 457-467. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.397711
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Clinical and Health Psychology

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