Psychiatr. Pol. 2015; 49(1):145–157
Monika Szewczuk-Bogusławska, Aleksandra Słowińska, Olga Bąk,
Anna Oleszkowicz, Kamilla Kasibowska-Kuźniar, Krzysztof Dudek,
Agnieszka Stępień, Krzysztof Kaliszewski, Dariusz Timler, Dorota Zyśko
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Polskie badania nad Kwestionariuszem Oceny Wrażliwości na Wstręt (QADS)
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The study of the Polish version of the Questionnaire for the Assessment of Disgust Sensitivity (QADS)
Disgust is one of the principal emotions, typically triggered by a variety of biological and social stimuli. Several questionnaire tools have been used to assess disgust. The aim of the study was to assess psychometric properties of the Polish version of the Questionnaire for the Assessment of Disgust Sensitivity (QADS), adapted from the tool prepared by the German researchers.
Eight hundred twenty subjects (631, 77% females and 189, 23% males) aged 18-69 (mean – 28 years) participated in the study. There are 3 subscale in the questionnaire: Core Disgust, Animal Reminder and Contamination. The tool consists of 37 items, the intensity of feeling of disgust is assessed based on 5-point Likert scale.
Confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the adequacy of grouping of items in the three subscales: Core Disgust, Animal-Reminder, and Contamination-Interpersonal. In our sample, females had higher levels of disgust than males. Several other psychometric variables – high degree of correlations between the subscales, and high reliability –were in agreement with parameters of the original version. The Polish version compared favourably with the original, with Cronbach’s alpha of 0.94 for the whole questionnaire and 0.85 – 0.90 for the subscales.
The psychometric properties of the Polish version of QADS are sufficient to recommend this tool for diagnostic and research use.