Discriminant validity of sense of coherence vs trait anxiety in explaining emotional state in an experimental task

Ewa Gruszczyńska


Prior work has indicated that sense of coherence and trait anxiety are overlapping constructs. This study assessed this overlap in explaining emotional states during a task situation. Participants were 150 students, randomly assigned to a control and an experimental group. The experimental task was to put a jigsaw puzzle together under time pressure. Sense of coherence (SOC) and trait anxiety were measured at baseline. The dependent variables, positive and negative emotions, were measured three times: at baseline, soon before the task, and after fi nishing the task. As expected, at each measurement point correlations between emotional state and sense of coherence did not diff er signifi cantly from the absolute values of the relevant correlations with trait anxiety. Also, from a repeated-measures perspective, for Low SOC vs High trait anxiety and also for High SOC vs Low trait anxiety, similar explanatory power for changes in emotional state was noted. The results support doubts in literature about insuffi cient discriminant validity of the Orientation to Life Questionnaire as a measure of the salutogenic construct.
Author Ewa Gruszczyńska (Wydział Psychologii)
Ewa Gruszczyńska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesPsychological Reports, ISSN 0033-2941, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2014
Publication size in sheets0.7
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25073063
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 0.47; WoS Impact Factor: 2014 = 0.56 (2) - 2014=0.592 (5)
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