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Feeling your body or feeling badly: evidence for the limited validity of the Somatosensory Amplification Scale as an index of somatic sensitivity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11448707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: The Somatosensory Amplification Scale (SSAS) purports to measure the extent to which individuals are sensitive to their bodies. The present study examined the psychometric properties of the SSAS in two studies with university students. METHODS: Participants completed the SSAS, various cross-sectional measures of somatic and psychological distress, longitudinal measures of somatic symptoms, daily hassles and mood, and participated in a heartbeat detection task (Study 2 only). RESULTS: The SSAS was correlated with cross-sectional measures of somatic symptom reporting, but not with somatic symptoms reported on a daily basis nor with an index of interoceptive sensitivity. The SSAS was also correlated with several indices of general distress including anxious and depressive symptoms, daily hassles, and negative emotionality. CONCLUSION: Taken together, the results suggest that the SSAS is more likely an index of negative emotionality and general distress than a valid measure of somatic sensitivity per se.
Authors:
K R Aronson; L F Barrett; K S Quigley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosomatic research     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0022-3999     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosom Res     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-12     Completed Date:  2001-08-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376333     Medline TA:  J Psychosom Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  387-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA. keith.r.aronson@vanderbilt.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Affect
Body Image*
Emotions
Female
Heart Rate
Humans
Male
Psychometrics
Questionnaires
Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis*
Stress, Psychological

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