Short Tilte:The reliability and validity of the perceived stigmatization questionnaire (PSQ) and the social comfort questionnaire (SCQ) among an adult burn survivor sample
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):06, 18, 1, 106-111
Article describes the development and initial evaluation of the Perceived Stigmatization Questionnaire (PSQ) and the Social Comfort Questionnaire (SCQ). The PSQ measures the frequency of various stigmatizing social behaviors experienced by people with physical distinctions. The SCQ is designed to measure social isolation and the violation of privacy effect for people with appearance distinctions. Three hundred sixty-one adult burn survivors completed the PSQ, SCQ, and other measures. Both the PSQ and SCQ had good internal consistency indices. Factor analysis of the PSQ yielded 3 factors (absence of friendly behavior, confused/staring behavior, and hostile behavior). The SCQ had 1 factor. Conjoint factor analysis with measures of related constructs (body esteem, body-esteem importance, depression, social support) suggested that PSQ and SCQ measure distinct constructs. Correlations with the related psychosocial constructs and burn characteristics suggested the PSQ and SCQ have good convergent and discriminant validity. Limitations of the study are discussed.