Psychometric properties of the thought-action fusion scale in a Turkish sample


Yorulmaz O., Yilmaz A., Gencoz T.

BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY, vol.42, no.10, pp.1203-1214, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.brat.2003.08.005
  • Title of Journal : BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1203-1214
  • Keywords: thought-action fusion, obsessive-compulsive disorder, responsibility, OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER, RESPONSIBILITY, SUPPRESSION, INTRUSIONS, SYMPTOMS

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to reveal the cross-cultural utility of the Thought-Action Fusion Scale (TAFS; J. Anxiety Disord. 10 (1996) 379). Thought-action fusion (TAF) refers to the tendency to overvalue the significance and the consequences of thoughts. Two hundred and fifty one undergraduate Turkish students participated in the current study. The reliability and validity analyses of the Turkish version of the scale indicated that the TAFS had adequate psychometric properties in a Turkish sample. Consistent with the original TAF, the Turkish version of TAFS revealed two subscales as TAF-Likelihood and TAF-Morality. Reliability analysis showed that TAF Scale and its factors had adequate internal consistencies and split-half reliability coefficients. Confirming the expectations, TAFS scores were found to be significantly and positively correlated with obsessive-compulsive symptoms, responsibility, and guilt measures. Moreover, it was found that people with high obsessive-compulsive symptoms had higher TAFS scores than those with low symptoms. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.