The Thought-Action Fusion scale: Further evidence for its reliability and validity

E.G.C. Rassin, H.L.G.J. Merckelbach, P.E.H.M. Muris, H.G. Schmidt

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Abstract

Thought-action fusion (TAF) refers to a set of cognitive biases that are thought to play a role in the development of obsessional phenomena. To measure these biases, R. Shafran, D. S. Thordarson, and S. Rachman (1996; Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 10, 379-391) developed the TAF-scale. They concluded that the TAF-scale possesses adequate psychometric qualities. The current study sought to further explore the reliability and validity of the TAF-scale. Results indicate that the TAF-scale has good internal consistency. TAF-scores correlated with self-reports of obsessional problems. Furthermore, mean scores in a mixed sample of anxiety disordered patients were higher than those in a normal sample. However, temporal consistency was somewhat disappointing. Also, the question remains whether TAF is specific to obsessive-compulsive disorder or taps more pervasive biases that play a role in a variety of disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-544
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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