Factor analysis of the Massachusetts General Hospital Hairpulling Scale

Nancy J. Keuthen, Christopher A. Flessner, Douglas W. Woods, Martin E. Franklin, Dan J. Stein, Susan E. Cashin

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Abstract

Objective: We explored the factor structure of the Massachusetts General Hospital Hairpulling Scale (MGH-HPS), a self-report measure for trichotillomania (TTM). Methods: Self-reported hairpullers who responded to an Internet-based survey (N=990) completed the MGH-HPS, demographic items, and other survey instruments. Principal axis exploratory factor analysis with Promax rotation of scores was conducted. Results: A two-factor solution was revealed, with "Severity" and "Resistance and Control" as separate factors. Conclusion: The MGH-HPS consists of two separate factors. Factor scores can be utilized to track naturalistic TTM symptom changes, improve patient characterization and treatment matching, and clarify the timing and mechanism of action for different treatment modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-709
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume62
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Factor analysis
  • Hairpulling
  • Self-report scale
  • Trichotillomania

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