A short form of the worry domains questionnaire: Construction and factorial validation

Joachim Stöber, Jutta Joormann

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Abstract

The Worry Domains Questionnaire (WDQ) [Tallis, F., Eysenck M.W., & Mathews, (1992). A questionnaire for the measurement of nonpathological worry. Personality and Individual Differences, 13, 161-168)] is an instrument widely used to assess the amount of worry across five domains of everyday concern: relationships, lack of confidence, aimless future, work, and financial issues. With 25 items, however, the WDQ is somewhat lengthy. The aim of the present study was therefore to construct a 10-item short form (WDQ-SF). A sample of 1080 university students completed the 25 items of the WDQ. One-half of the sample was used to construct the WDQ-SF by selecting two appropriate items from each of the five WDQ domain subscales. The other half of the sample was used to cross-validate the factorial structure of the WDQ-SF by means of confirmatory factor analysis. Like the WDQ, the WDQ-SF displayed high internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha=0.88) and a clear five-factor structure. Moreover, the WDQ-SF showed a near-perfect correlation with the WDQ long form (r=0.97). Thus, the WDQ-SF represents a reliable and economical alternative to the full 25-item scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-598
Number of pages8
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2001

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Scale construction
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Worry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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A short form of the worry domains questionnaire : Construction and factorial validation. / Stöber, Joachim; Joormann, Jutta.

In: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 31, No. 4, 05.09.2001, p. 591-598.

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