A psychometric evaluation of the automatic thoughts questionnaire in Danish adolescents and emerging adults

Mia Beck Lichtenstein*, Ajla Dervisevic, Julie Eg, Rhonda Wilson, Rikke Wesselhoeft

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Abstract

Negative automatic thoughts (NATs) influence perception and memory resulting in a negative self-evaluation. The 30-item Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire (ATQ) was developed to measure NATs and had been validated in several languages. The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of a Danish version of ATQ in adolescents and young adults and to explore the association between NATs and symptoms of depression. We conducted a cross-sectional online survey using a Danish translated version of the ATQ and the Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) that assess depressive symptoms. A total of 355 high-school students (aged 15–24 years) completed the survey. The ATQ showed high reliability with coefficient alpha 0.97. Factor analysis confirmed a single factor structure explaining 58% of the variance. Construct validity was tested with Pearson's regressions comparing ATQ and MFQ. The correlations were significant and positive (r = 0.88, p > 0.001) indicating that ATQ measures a construct related to depression. The Danish version of the ATQ had good psychometric properties in a Danish youth sample and is recommended in future clinical and research settings addressing negative thoughts and depressive conditions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Psychology
Volume71
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)262-275
ISSN1901-2276
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19. Apr 2019

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Young Adult
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Keywords

  • adolescents
  • assessment
  • depression
  • negative automatic thoughts
  • psychometrics
  • validation

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A psychometric evaluation of the automatic thoughts questionnaire in Danish adolescents and emerging adults. / Lichtenstein, Mia Beck; Dervisevic, Ajla; Eg, Julie; Wilson, Rhonda; Wesselhoeft, Rikke.

In: Nordic Psychology, Vol. 71, No. 4, 19.04.2019, p. 262-275.

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