The Disgust Propensity and Sensitivity Scale - Revised: Its predictive value for avoidance behavior

M. van Overveld, P.J . de Jong, M.L. Peters

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Abstract

Disgust propensity appears involved in psychopathology. However, current disgust propensity indices display inflated correlations with psychopathology indices due to conceptual overlap. The recently developed Disgust Propensity and Sensitivity Scale - Revised (DPSS-R) is unique in that it measures disgust propensity irrespective of specific elicitors. Although psychometric research confirmed its factor-structure, its predictive validity remains to be established. Therefore, the goal of this study is to test its predictive validity for avoidance behavior in a series of disgusting tasks. Preselected participants (N = 60) with varying levels of disgust propensity engaged in seventeen behavioral tasks. Supporting its predictive validity, higher DPSS-R scores were associated with completing fewer behavioral actions. Additionally, the DPSS-R had added predictive value over and above traditional trait disgust indices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-711
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume49
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • ANXIETY
  • Behavioral experiments
  • Behavioral validation
  • Disgust propensity
  • Disgust sensitivity
  • FEARS
  • INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES
  • INJURY PHOBIA
  • SPECIFICITY
  • SPIDER PHOBIA
  • Validity

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