Assessing Decentering: Validation, Psychometric Properties, and Clinical Usefulness of the Experiences Questionnaire in a Spanish Sample

Assessing Decentering: Validation, Psychometric Properties, and Clinical Usefulness of the Experiences Questionnaire in a Spanish Sample

Author Soler, Joaquim Google Scholar
Franquesa, Alba Google Scholar
Feliu-Soler, Albert Google Scholar
Cebolla, Ausias Google Scholar
Garcia-Campayo, Javier Google Scholar
Tejedor, Rosa Google Scholar
Demarzo, Marcelo Marcos Piva Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Banos, Rosa Google Scholar
Pascual, Juan Carlos Google Scholar
Porte, Maria J. Google Scholar
Institution Hosp Santa Creu & Sant Pau
Univ Autonoma Barcelona
Univ Jaume I Castello
Univ Zaragoza
Xaixa Assistencial Univ Manresa
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Valencia
Abstract Decentering is defined as the ability to. observe one's thoughts and feelings in a detached manner. The Experiences Questionnaire (EQ) is a self-report instrument that originally assessed decentering and rumination. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of EQ-Decentering and to explore its clinical usefulness. The 11-item EQ-Decentering subscale was translated into Spanish and psychometric properties were examined in a sample of 921 adult individuals, 231 with psychiatric disorders and 690 without. The subsample of nonpsychiatric participants was also split according to their previous meditative experience (meditative participants, n = 341; and nonmeditative participants, n = 349). Additionally, differences among these three subgroups were explored to determine clinical validity of the scale. Finally, EQ-Decentering was administered twice in a group of borderline personality disorder, before and after a 10-week mindfulness intervention. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated acceptable model fit sb chi(2) = 243.8836 (p < .001), CFI =.939, GM = .936, SRMR = .040, and RMSEA = .06 (.060.077), and psychometric properties were found to be satisfactory (reliability: Cronbach's at = .893; convergent validity: r > .46; and divergent validity: r < .35). The scale detected changes in decentering after a 10-session intervention in mindfulness (t = 4.692, p < .00001). Differences among groups were significant (F = 134.8, p < .000001), where psychiatric participants showed the lowest scores compared to nonpsychiatric meditative and nonmeditative participants. The Spanish version of the EQ-Decentering is a valid and reliable instrument to assess decentering either in clinical and nonclinical samples. In addition, the findings show that EQ-Decentering seems an adequate outcome instrument to detect changes after mindfulness-based interventions.
Keywords decentering
Experiences Questionnaire
metacognitive awareness
Language English
Date 2014-11-01
Published in Behavior Therapy. New York: Assoc Adv Behavior Therapy, v. 45, n. 6, p. 863-871, 2014.
ISSN 0005-7894 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Assoc Adv Behavior Therapy
Extent 863-871
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000344844700011

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