The Hungarian version of the Somatosensory Amplification Scale (SSAS) has been psychometrically evaluated and validated with questionnaires on the samples of university students (N = 184; mean age = 21.43 yrs, SD = 4.124; 38.1% male) and patients visiting their GPs (N = 562; mean age = 46.54 yrs, SD = 17.248; 40.4% male). The scale showed good internal consistency (Cronbach-alfa = 0.70 and 0.77 in the student and the patient samples, respectively). According to the results of the confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), data from the two samples fitted very well to the hypothesized one-dimensional structure of the scale (CMIN/df = 3.088; CFI = 0.989; NFI = 0.984; RMSEA = 0.053). Four psychological scales (Life Orientation Test revisited - LOT-R; Beck Depression Inventory short version - BDI-R; State-Trait Anxiety Inventory - STAI-T; Subjective Somatic Symptoms - PHQ-15) were used for the validation. On the student sample, SSAS scores significantly correlated with gender, PHQ-15, STAI-T and BDI-R scores. In the multiple linear regression analysis, good predictors of the SSAS scores were gender (p = 0.044) and STAI scores (p = 0.053). On the patient sample, significant correlations with gender, education level, and all four validating scales were found (the correlations were negative in the cases of education level and LOT-R). Significant predictors in the regression equation were PHQ-15 and STAI-T scores (p < 0.001 in both cases). According to the results, the Hungarian version of the SSAS is psychometrically sound and it seems to assess the same psychological construct as the original scale.
|Translated title of the contribution||Validation of the Hungarian version of the Somatosensory Amplification Scale (SSAS)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Mentalhigiene es Pszichoszomatika|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health