Perseverative Thinking Questionnaire (PTQ): French Validation of a Transdiagnostic Measure of Repetitive Negative Thinking

Faustine Devynck , Monika Kornacka , Celine Baeyens , Éric Serra , Jérémy Fonseca das Neves , Bulle Gaudrat , Caroline Delille , Pierre Taquet , Olga Depraete , Philippe Tison , Fabienne Sgard , Amélie Rousseau , Lucia Romo


Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) is a transdiagnostic process involved in the onset and maintenance of many psychological disorders. The Perseverative Thinking Questionnaire (Ehring et al., 2011) is a content-independent scale composed of 15 items that assesses RNT from a transdiagnostic perspective in both clinical and general populations. The aim of the current research was to translate and validate the French version of the PTQ through two studies (total N = 1016) following the steps for the trans-cultural validation of psychometric instruments (Hambleton, Merenda, and Spielberger, 2006). An exploratory factor analysis conducted on a first community sample revealed a latent structure composed of 10 items distributed on one common factor, labelled RNT, and three subfactors that evaluated the repetitive characteristic of RNT, the intrusiveness of RNT and the effect of RNT on mental resources. This factorial structure was confirmed in two confirmatory factor analyses in community and clinical samples. Scale score reliability indices were good and confirmed the validity of the instrument. The French version of the PTQ is a good content-independent instrument to assess RNT in general and clinical populations of French speakers.
Author Faustine Devynck
Faustine Devynck,,
, Monika Kornacka (Wydział Psychologii)
Monika Kornacka,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Celine Baeyens
Celine Baeyens,,
, Éric Serra
Éric Serra,,
, Jérémy Fonseca das Neves
Jérémy Fonseca das Neves,,
, Bulle Gaudrat
Bulle Gaudrat,,
, Caroline Delille
Caroline Delille,,
, Pierre Taquet
Pierre Taquet,,
, Olga Depraete
Olga Depraete,,
, Philippe Tison
Philippe Tison,,
et al.`
Journal seriesFrontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.65
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)35
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.006; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.089 (2) - 2017=2.749 (5)
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