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Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ)

The AAQ is a 9-item measure of experiential avoidance. This construct refers to the negative perception or evasion of personal thoughts and events. Such behavior has been associated with a range of clinical disorders from substance abuse to suicide. Each item in the scale depicts either an example of experiential avoidance or the lack there of (scores are reversed in the case of the latter). Respondents are to rate the frequency of each item on a 7-point Liker-type scale ranging from "never" to "always" true. Higher scores represent a greater degree of experiential avoidance.

avoidance, cognition
John Seeley
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Steven C. Hayes
Department of Psychology / 296
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557-0062

Citation and Copyright

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., Wilson, K. G., Bissett, R. T., Pistorello, J., Toarmino, D., et al. (2004). Measuring experiential avoidance: A
preliminary test of a working model. The Psychological Record, 54, 553–578.
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Instrument

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., Wilson, K. G., Bissett, R. T., Pistorello, J., Toarmino, D., et al. (2004). Measuring experiential avoidance: A
preliminary test of a working model. The Psychological Record, 54, 553–578.

Assessment Modality

Respondent

Instrument Details

Adolescents and older
about 5 minutes
9
Single factor

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Manual

Psychometric Properties

Psychometrics for Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ) - John Seeley
Psychometrics for Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ) - John Seeley