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Decentering is defined as the ability to observe one's thoughts and feelings as temporary, objective events in the mind, as opposed to reflections of the self that are necessarily true. The Experiences Questionnaire (EQ) was designed to measure both decentering and rumination but has not been empirically validated. The current study investigated the factor structure of the EQ in both undergraduate and clinical populations. A single, unifactorial decentering construct emerged using 2 undergraduate samples. The convergent and discriminant validity of this decentering factor was demonstrated in negative relationships with measures of depression symptoms, depressive rumination, experiential avoidance, and emotion regulation. Finally, the factor structure of the EQ was replicated in a clinical sample of individuals in remission from depression, and the decentering factor evidenced a negative relationship to concurrent levels of depression symptoms. Findings from this series of studies offer initial support for the EQ as a measure of decentering.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.beth.2006.08.003

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behav Ther

Publication Date

09/2007

Volume

38

Pages

234 - 246

Keywords

Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adult, Awareness, Defense Mechanisms, Depressive Disorder, Female, Humans, Internal-External Control, Male, Personality Inventory, Psychometrics, Reality Testing, Reference Values, Reproducibility of Results, Surveys and Questionnaires, Thinking