Adjustment to college transition can be challenging. The challenges could compromise the benefits undergraduates could obtain from college learning in various ways. The anxiety that the undergraduates experience upon their social interaction could be one of such challenges. Recently, attempts have been made to alleviate such anxiety referring to the framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999). Relevant assessment measures based on this framework, however, is yet to exist within the Thai cultural context. The current study, hence, aims to develop a culturally-appropriate measure of psychological flexibility that helps inoculate individuals from social anxiety. The Social Anxiety – Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (MacKenzie & Kocovski, 2010) was translated into Thai. Item-Objective Congruence Index was found satisfactory prior to the Thai-version SA-AAQ was administered in 105 undergraduates from two large universities in Bangkok. Forty-nine male and fifty-six female undergraduates, with the mean of age of 20.21 years. Participants responded to the Thai version SA-AAQ and the measures of social anxiety (Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale). Initial data suggested satisfactory psychometric properties of the Thai-version SA-AAQ. Reliability analyses suggested good internal consistency, shown in the Corrected Item-Total Correlation (p < .05) and Cronbach’s Alpha. Discriminant index was also satisfactory (p < .05). Concurrent validity was demonstrated through the negative association between the score on the Thai version SA-AAQ and the on the measure social anxiety (p < .001). Discussions were made regarding the Thai-version SA-AAQ psychometric properties and its potential applications within the research and clinical contexts.
Kunpariya Siripanit, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Kullaya Pisitsungkagarn, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Stream: Mental Health
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