The long and short form of the physical self-description questionnaire: psychometric properties in an adolescent sample

J. Simons1, & T. Van Damme1, 2

1 Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, O & N IV, Bus 1510, B 3000 Leuven, Belgium
2 University Psychiatric Centre, Campus Leuven, Gasthuisberg, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Herestraat 49, B 3000 Leuven, Belgium,


The objective of this study is to examine empirical evidence for the psychometric properties of the long and short form of the Dutch PSDQ in a Flemish adolescent sample. The sample used in the present study consisted of 1417 participants (687 boys, 730 girls). The study provided satisfactory.
Cronbach α estimates and test-retest stabilities for both the long and the short form. Confirmatory factor analysis did not provide conclusive evidence for the construct validity of the long and short form, but the exploratory factor analysis confirmed the original structure of the long version. Further research concerning the validity is needed before the short form of the Dutch PSDQ can be widely used in practice with Flemish adolescents.


physical self-concept, physical self-description questionnaire, psychometric properties, gender, Flemish adolescents


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