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Psychother Res. 2014;24(1):67-79. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2013.821635. Epub 2013 Aug 19.

Measuring decentering in self-reports: Psychometric properties of the experiences questionnaire in a German sample.

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a Institute of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology , RWTH Aachen University , Aachen , Germany.


Decentering is described as referring to one's current mental experiences from an objective perspective. This study presents a psychometric evaluation of a German version of the Experiences Questionnaire (EQ-D), a self-report instrument designed to measure decentering. Confirmatory factor analysis on a sample of 506 university students indicates acceptable-to-good model fit (χ(2)=58.3; TLI=.92; CFI=.95; RMSEA=.067) for a second-order factor Overall Decentering comprising the two first-order factors Accepting Self-Perception and Distanced Perspective. Preliminary evidence for the validity of the EQ-D was demonstrated via negative correlations with measures of depression and depressive rumination. The present results stress the multidimensional nature of decentering and provide important suggestions for future research on how to investigate and operationalize the decentering construct.

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