Dimensionality and reliability assessment of the Pain Patient Profile questionnaire

McGuire, Brian E.
Hogan, Michael J.
Morrison, Todd G.
McGuire, BE,Hogan, MJ,Morrison, TG (2008) 'Dimensionality and reliability assessment of the Pain Patient Profile questionnaire'. European Journal Of Psychological Assessment, 24 :22-26.
Objective: To factor analyze the Pain Patient Profile questionnaire (P3; Tollison & Langley, 1995), a self-report measure of emotional distress in respondents with chronic pain. Method: An unweighted least squares factor analysis with oblique rotation was conducted on the P3 scores of 160 pain patients to look for evidence of three distinct factors (i.e., Depression, Anxiety, and Somatization). Results: Fit indices suggested that three distinct factors, accounting for 32.1%, 7.0%, and 5.5% of the shared variance, provided an adequate representation of the data. However, inspection of item groupings revealed that this structure did not map onto the Depression, Anxiety, and Somatization division purportedly represented by the P3. Further, when the analysis was re-run, eliminating items that failed to meet salience criteria, a two-factor solution emerged, with Factor I representing a mixture of Depression and Anxiety items and Factor 2 denoting Somatization. Each of these factors correlated significantly with a subsample's assessment of pain intensity. Conclusion: Results were not congruent with the P3's suggested tripartite model of pain experience and indicate that modifications to the scale may be required.
Publisher DOI
DOI 10.1027/1015-5759.24.1.22
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