Psychometric properties of the persian version of the social anxiety - Acceptance and action questionnaire
Seyed Abdolmajid Bahrainian
Abbas Masjedi Arani
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© 2016, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences. Background: Social anxiety disorder is often related to specific impairment or distress in different areas of life, including occupational, social and family settings. Objective: The purpose of the present study was to examine the psychometric properties of the persian version of the social anxietyacceptance and action questionnaire (SA-AAQ) in university students. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, 324 students from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences participated via the cluster sampling method during year 2015. Factor analysis by the principle component analysis method, internal consistency analysis, and convergent and divergent validity were conducted to examine the validity of the SA-AAQ. To calculate the reliability of the SA-AAQ, Cronbach's alpha and test-retest reliability were used. Results: The results from factor analysis by principle component analysis method yielded three factors that were named acceptance, action and non-judging of experience. The three-factor solution explained 51.82% of the variance. Evidence for the internal consistency of SA-AAQ was obtained via calculating correlations between SA-AAQ and its subscales. Support for convergent and discriminant validity of the SA-AAQ via its correlations with the acceptance and action questionnaire - II, social interaction anxiety scale, cognitive fusion questionnaire, believability of anxious feelings and thoughts questionnaire, valued living questionnaire and WHOQOL-BREFwasobtained. The reliability of the SA-AAQvia calculating Cronbach's alphaandtest-retest coefficients yielded values of 0.84 and 0.84, respectively. Conclusions: The Iranian version of the SA-AAQ has acceptable levels of psychometric properties in university students. The SA-AAQ is a valid and reliable measure to be utilized in research investigations and therapeutic interventions.