Cross validation of the factor structure of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale: An Italian multicenter study

Cinzia Bressi, Graeme Taylor, James Parker, Sergio Bressi, Virginia Brambilla, Eugenio Aguglia, Ida Allegranti, Antonio Bongiorno, Franco Giberti, Maurizio Bucca, Orlando Todarello, Camilla Callegari, Simone Vender, Constanzo Gala, Giordano Invernizzi

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Abstract

The 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) has been shown in previous research to measure a general dimension of alexithymia with three intercorrelated factors. This study evaluated the reliability and factorial validity of an Italian translation of the TAS-20 in a group of normal adults (N = 206) and in a mixed group of medical and psychiatric outpatients (N = 642). Using confirmatory factor analyses, the previously established three-factor model of the TAS-20 was found to be replicable in both groups. In addition, the Italian TAS-20 demonstrated adequate estimates of internal reliability and test-retest reliability. Although evaluation of the convergent, discriminant, and concurrent validity of the TAS-20 is required in Italian populations, the present results support the use of the Italian translation of the scale for clinical and research purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-559
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996

Keywords

  • Alexithymia
  • Measurement
  • Toronto Alexithymia Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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    Bressi, C., Taylor, G., Parker, J., Bressi, S., Brambilla, V., Aguglia, E., Allegranti, I., Bongiorno, A., Giberti, F., Bucca, M., Todarello, O., Callegari, C., Vender, S., Gala, C., & Invernizzi, G. (1996). Cross validation of the factor structure of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale: An Italian multicenter study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 41(6), 551-559. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3999(96)00228-0