Assessment of the mind-body connection: preliminary psychometric evidence for a new self-report questionnaire

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Van Bael, Kristen ORCID: 0000-0002-6646-1067, Ball, Michelle ORCID: 0000-0002-4056-6178, Scarfo, Jessica ORCID: 0000-0002-7745-9691 and Suleyman, Emra ORCID: 0000-0003-2270-9152 (2023) Assessment of the mind-body connection: preliminary psychometric evidence for a new self-report questionnaire. BMC Psychology, 11. ISSN 2050-7283


Objectives: While interoceptive self-report scales provide a foundation for measuring the mind-body connection, they variably consider other important factors that could influence interpretations of internal bodily sensations and perceptions related to mind-body integration. The proposed Body-Mind Connection Questionnaire (BMCQ) aimed to operationalise the notion that this construct involves three major components: (a) Interoceptive Attention, (b) Sensation-Emotion Articulation, and (c) Body-Mind Values. Methods: Following panel review and piloting with the target population, the developed BMCQ was evaluated in 316 participants (189 identifying as female) aged 18-50 (MAge=30.78), alongside established self-report measures of interoceptive sensibility, body awareness, sensory processing sensitivity, and alexithymia. We examined the BMCQ factor structure through exploratory factor analysis and analysed convergent and discriminant validity. Results: Exploratory factor analysis supported three scales of the BMCQ, which explained 54.03% of variance. Factor loadings (>0.44) and reliability indices (0.74 to 0.85) were acceptable. Inter-scale correlations suggested that the scales are distinct but related (rs=0.38 to 0.59). BMCQ scales were supported by convergent (r=0.33 to 0.67) and discriminant evidence (rs=0.01 to 0.39, p range n.s. to <.05). Conclusions: Preliminary psychometric properties indicate that the BMCQ is multidimensional and consists of three constructs that differentially relate to theoretically associated measures. Interoceptive Attention, Sensation-Emotion Articulation, and Body-Mind Values may serve as a basis for efficiently assessing the mind-body connection more holistically, which could be useful for developing interventions aimed at enhancing mind-body integration.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1186/s40359-023-01302-3
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 5205 Social and personality psychology
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords self reporting, self report, mind body connection, self perception, bodily sensation
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