Assessing psychological flexibility: Validation of the open and engaged state questionnaire
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4487917
Author(s) Benoy, Charles; Knitter, Barbara; Knellwolf, Linda; Doering, Sabrina; Klotsche, Jens; Gloster, Andrew Thomas
Author(s) at UniBasel Benoy, Charles Maurice
Gloster, Andrew
Year 2019
Title Assessing psychological flexibility: Validation of the open and engaged state questionnaire
Journal Journal of contextual Behavioral Science
Volume 12
Pages / Article-Number 253-260
Keywords Psychological flexibility; Assessment; Construct validity; Incremental validity; Predictive validity; OESQ
Mesh terms Social SciencesPsychology, ClinicalPsychology
Abstract Background: Despite increasing research on psychological flexibility (PF) and its importance to psychological health, only a few measures exist for assessing this construct, and they have shortcomings, particularly in construct validity.Methods: This study assessed the factor structure, construct validity, and predictive value of the Open and Engaged State Questionnaire (OESQ) on samples with panic disorder and/or agoraphobia (n=120), panic disorder with agoraphobia (n=46), and burnout (n=85).Results: The confirmatory factor analysis verified the expected one-dimensional structure and found good internal consistency in all three samples. Analysis of the construct validity revealed correlations to pathology, personality traits, and total functioning; it also revealed discrimination of PF from neuroticism when measured with the OESQ. Furthermore, we found that PF predicted outcomes of symptomatology.Conclusions: Considering the criticisms and suggestions for improvement in the literature on assessing PF, the OESQ proved to be a valuable operationalization of this construct. With better discriminant and incremental validity compared to other questionnaires as well as unique predictive value, the OESQ is important for future research on PF and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Publisher Elsevier
ISSN/ISBN 2212-1447
Full Text on edoc Restricted
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.08.005
ISI-Number 000467961500030
Document type (ISI) Article

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