The assessment of detachment among university students: Validation of the Recovery Experience Questionnaire in educational contexts

Keywords: Detachment, Engagement, Irritation, Self-regulation


The objective of this study was to adapt and validate the Recovery Experience Questionnaire for use in an educational context. So far, this measure of detachment has mainly been used with workers. The study aimed to verify the factor validity and the criterion-related validity through correlation with self-regulation, engagement, coping strategies, and big-five personality dimensions in a sample of 468 Spanish university students. Several models proposed in the literature have been tested through confirmatory factor analysis. The results obtained confirmed the presence of four factors: psychological detachment, relaxation, mastery and control, as observed in previous studies within a workplace setting. Correlations obtained between these factors and the variables considered verified that detachment is significantly and positively associated with self-regulation, engagement, coping strategies, and certain types of personality; on the other side, detachment is significantly and negatively associated with irritation.


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Author Biographies

Enrique Merino-Tejedor, University of Valladolid
Department of Psychology
Pedro M. Hontangas, University of Valencia
Department of Methodology of Behavioral Sciences
Joan Boada-Grau, Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona)
Department of Psychology


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How to Cite
Merino-Tejedor, E., Hontangas, P. M., & Boada-Grau, J. (2017). The assessment of detachment among university students: Validation of the Recovery Experience Questionnaire in educational contexts. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 33(2), 342-350.
Developmental and Educational Psychology