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Assessment of affect integration: validation of the affect consciousness construct.

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Source
J Pers Assess. 2011 May;93(3):257-65
Publication Type
Article
Date
May-2011
Author
Ole André Solbakken
Roger Sandvik Hansen
Odd E Havik
Jon T Monsen
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway. o.a.solbakken@psykologi.uio.no
Source
J Pers Assess. 2011 May;93(3):257-65
Date
May-2011
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Affect
Aged
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Female
Humans
Interpersonal Relations
Male
Middle Aged
Mood Disorders - diagnosis - psychology
Norway
Personality Assessment - standards
Personality Inventory - standards
Psychometrics
Self Report
Severity of Illness Index
Young Adult
Abstract
Affect integration, or the capacity to utilize the motivational and signal properties of affect for personal adjustment, is assumed to be an important aspect of psychological health and functioning. Affect integration has been operationalized through the affect consciousness (AC) construct as degrees of awareness, tolerance, nonverbal expression, and conceptual expression of nine discrete affects. A semistructured Affect Consciousness Interview (ACI) and separate Affect Consciousness Scales (ACSs) have been developed to specifically assess these aspects of affect integration. This study explored the construct validity of AC in a Norwegian clinical sample including estimates of reliability and assessment of structure by factor analyses. External validity issues were addressed by examining the relationships between scores on the ACSs and self-rated symptom- and interpersonal problem measures as well as independent, observer-based ratings of personality disorder criteria and the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed. [DSM-IV]; American Psychiatric Association, 1994).
PubMed ID
21516584 View in PubMed
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