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Development of a multifactor scale measuring the psychological dimensions of touch avoidance.
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach, ISSN 1941-7233, no 3, 33-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The chief aim of this study was to develop a questionnaire to assess the level of touch avoidance (TA), i.e., attitudes towards physical touch in relation to others.

Material, methods. In order to validate the Touch Avoidance Questionnaire, an attachment style questionnaire was distributed to 293 Swedish university students. Reliability and validity tests of the TAQ were assessed. Statistical analyses of TAQ yielded sound psychometric properties.

Results showed that the TAQ contains five factors. Results relating to attachment style were similar to previous research; 'secure' and 'preoccupied' attachment styles do not correlate with touch avoidance, while 'fearful' and 'dismissing' showed interesting relations. Males showed more TA than females in relation to partner, family, and friends of the same sex.

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Lithuania/USA, 2009. no 3, 33-56 p.
Keyword [en]
touch avoidance, Touch Avoidance Questionnaire, validation, attachment styles
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Social Sciences, Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15186OAI: diva2:466611
Available from: 2011-12-16 Created: 2011-10-28 Last updated: 2013-07-25Bibliographically approved

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