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Evaluation of a German-language tool for measuring positive and negative automatic thoughts in children and adolescents

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Thomas Meyer


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Background: Beck postulates that negative automatic thoughts area risk factors for depression. Objective: The study presented here examines that psychometric properties of the German version of the Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire Revised ("Fragebogen fur negative und positive automatische Gedanken", FAG) in children and adolescents. Method: The study investigated an unselected community sample aged between 11 and 16 years (n=952), which was divided into the two groups ( 13 years). Results: Factor analyses revealed the scales "negative self-statements" and "positive self-statements" in the group 13 years. Internal consistencies ranked between .75 and .89. All scales were significantly associated with depression and differentiated between more and less depressed participants. Conclusion: The FAG is a reliable and valid instrument to measure negative and positive automatic thoughts in children and adolescents.

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Author(s): Huffziger S, Meyer TD, Seemann S, Horn AB, Groen G, Possel P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Zeitschrift fur Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie

Year: 2008

Volume: 37

Issue: 4

Pages: 255-262

Print publication date: 01/01/2008

ISSN (print): 1616-3443

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Publisher: Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co. KG


DOI: 10.1026/1616-3443.37.4.255


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