Exploring the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness in youth aged 7–17 years

Jones, Alexander and Silas, Jonathan and Todd, Jennifer and Stewart, Anita and Acree, Michael and Coulson, Mark and Mehling, Wolf E. (2021) Exploring the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness in youth aged 7–17 years. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 77 (3). pp. 661-682. ISSN 1097-4679

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Objective: This study aimed to adapt the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA) questionnaire for younger respondents. Method: The language of the MAIA was revised and children aged 7–10 years (n = 212) and adolescents aged 11–17 years (n = 217) completed the questionnaire. Results: The original eight-factor model was tested for fit using confirmatory factor analysis. The model had an acceptable fit in the total sample and younger subsample and overall fit in the older subsample was adequate following modification. Internal consistency was good, except for the Noticing, Not-Distracting and Not-Worrying scales. Results also demonstrated a negative linear relationship between the trusting scale and age, suggesting that youths may lose trust in their body as they age. Conclusion: The adapted MAIA can be used with a younger population and, depending on the research question, individual MAIA scales may be selected. The survey is available at https://osher.ucsf.edu/maia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: adolescence, childhood, internal state, interoception, interoceptive awareness, MAIA, of-fit indexes, body image, R package, heartbeat, alexithymia, perception, alpha, associations, neuroscience, inference
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 15:07
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:51
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706701

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