Confirmatory factor analysis of the long and short forms of the worry domains questionnaire

Roberto Nuevo*, Andrés Losada, María Márquez-González, Cecilia Peñacoba

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Abstract

The Worry Domains Questionnaire was proposed as a measure of both pathological and nonpathological worry, and assesses the frequency of worrying about five different domains: relationships, lack of confidence, aimless future, work, and financial. The present study analyzed the factor structure of the long and short forms of the WDQ (WDQ and WDQ-SF, respectively) through confirmatory factor analysis in a sample of 262 students (M age = 21.8; SD = 2.6; 86.3% females). While the goodness-of-fit indices did not provide support for the WDQ, good fit indices were found for the WDQ-SF. Furthermore, no source of misspecification was identified, thus, supporting the factorial validity of the WDQ-SF scale. Significant positive correlations between the WDQ-SF and its subscales with worry (PSWQ), anxiety (STAI-T), and depression (BDI) were found. The internal consistency was good for the total scale and for the subscales. This work provides support for the use of the WDQ-SF, and potential uses for research and clinical purposes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-243
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychological Assessment
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • assessment
  • contents of worry
  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • psychometric properties

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