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The Dutch language version of the Toronto structured interview for Alexithymia: reliability, concurrent validity, and factor structure

Ruth Inslegers (UGent) , Reitske Meganck (UGent) , Els Ooms (UGent) , Stijn Vanheule (UGent) , Michael Bagby, Graeme Taylor, Filip De Fruyt (UGent) and Mattias Desmet (UGent)
(2013) PSYCHOLOGICA BELGICA. 53(1). p.93-116
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Dutch version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia (TSIA) in a clinical sample. The TSIA and the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) were administered to 85 psychiatric inpatients and to 76 medical outpatients with the symptom of tinnitus. Both internal and inter-rater reliability were acceptable. Confirmatory factor analyses supported the hierarchical, 4-factor structure with 4 lower-order factors nested within 2 higher-order latent factors, previously obtained with English, German, and Italian versions. Concurrent validity was supported by significant correlations between the TSIA and the TAS-20 total scores although there were some differences between the psychiatric subsample and the medical subsample. While further studies are needed to assess the convergent and discriminant validity of the TSIA, the results support its use as a measure of alexithymia.
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AWARENESS, VALIDATION, DISORDERS, TINNITUS, DEPRESSION, ITEM SELECTION, GENERAL-POPULATION, SCALE

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Inslegers, Ruth, Reitske Meganck, Els Ooms, Stijn Vanheule, Michael Bagby, Graeme Taylor, Filip De Fruyt, and Mattias Desmet. 2013. “The Dutch Language Version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia: Reliability, Concurrent Validity, and Factor Structure.” Psychologica Belgica 53 (1): 93–116.
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Inslegers, R., Meganck, R., Ooms, E., Vanheule, S., Bagby, M., Taylor, G., De Fruyt, F., et al. (2013). The Dutch language version of the Toronto structured interview for Alexithymia: reliability, concurrent validity, and factor structure. PSYCHOLOGICA BELGICA, 53(1), 93–116.
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Inslegers R, Meganck R, Ooms E, Vanheule S, Bagby M, Taylor G, et al. The Dutch language version of the Toronto structured interview for Alexithymia: reliability, concurrent validity, and factor structure. PSYCHOLOGICA BELGICA. 2013;53(1):93–116.
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Inslegers, Ruth, Reitske Meganck, Els Ooms, et al. “The Dutch Language Version of the Toronto Structured Interview for Alexithymia: Reliability, Concurrent Validity, and Factor Structure.” PSYCHOLOGICA BELGICA 53.1 (2013): 93–116. Print.
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  author       = {Inslegers, Ruth and Meganck, Reitske and Ooms, Els and Vanheule, Stijn and Bagby, Michael and Taylor, Graeme and De Fruyt, Filip and Desmet, Mattias},
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  journal      = {PSYCHOLOGICA BELGICA},
  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {93--116},
  title        = {The Dutch language version of the Toronto structured interview for Alexithymia: reliability, concurrent validity, and factor structure},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/pb-53-1-93},
  volume       = {53},
  year         = {2013},
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