Exploring the multidimensional assessment of interoceptive awareness in youth aged 7–17 years

Jones, Alexander ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9118-0339, Silas, Jonathan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7224-7382, Todd, Jennifer, Stewart, Anita, Acree, Michael, Coulson, Mark and Mehling, Wolf E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0932-9844 (2020) Exploring the multidimensional assessment of interoceptive awareness in youth aged 7–17 years. Journal of Clinical Psychology . ISSN 1097-4679 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1002/jclp.23067)

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Abstract

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: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Clinical Psychology
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 31193
Notes on copyright: © 2020 The Authors. Journal of Clinical Psychology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2020 16:09
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 16:09
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31193

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