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Generalised Anxiety Stigma Scale (GASS): Psychometric Properties in a Community Sample. Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Griffiths, K. M.; Batterham, P. J.; Barney, L.; Parsons, A.

Title, Section

Generalised Anxiety Stigma Scale (GASS): Psychometric Properties in a Community Sample. Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2011

Journal Title

BMC Psychiatry

Volume

11

Issue

Nov. 22

Pages

184

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 22108099

DOI

10.1186/1471-244X-11-184

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although there is substantial concern about negative attitudes to mental illness, little is known about the stigma associated with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or its measurement. The aim of this study was to develop a multi-item measure of Generalised Anxiety Disorder stigma (the GASS). METHODS: Stigma items were developed from a thematic analysis of web-based text about the stigma associated with GAD. Six hundred and seventeen members of the public completed a survey comprising the resulting 20 stigma items and measures designed to evaluate construct validity. Follow-up data were collected for a subset of the participants (n = 212). RESULTS: The factor structure comprised two components: Personal Stigma (views about Generalised Anxiety Disorder); and Perceived Stigma (views about the beliefs of most others in the community). There was evidence of good construct validity and reliability for each of the Generalised Anxiety Stigma Scale (GASS) subscales. CONCLUSIONS: The GASS is a promising brief measure of the stigma associated with Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

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