Table 2

Response characteristics and factor loadings for the Generalised Anxiety Stigma items

N

Mean

SD

Agree/

Strongly

Agree

α (without item)

Personal factor loading

Perceived factor loading


Personal stigma items

610

9.03

5.60

0.856


1. An anxiety disorder is not a real medical illness.

614

1.03

1.05

13.0%

(0.854)

0.576


2. An anxiety disorder is a sign of personal weakness

615

0.84

0.85

6.0%

(0.836)

0.721


3. People with an anxiety disorder could snap out of it if they wanted to.

615

0.90

0.85

6.0%

(0.836)

0.728


4. People with an anxiety disorder should be ashamed of themselves.

613

0.44

0.65

1.5%

(0.843)

0.689


5. People with an anxiety disorder do not make suitable employees.

613

1.11

0.90

7.8%

(0.841)

0.660


6. People with an anxiety disorder are unstable.

612

1.41

0.99

16.7%

(0.847)

0.600


7. People with an anxiety disorder are to blame for their problem.

612

0.78

0.78

2.9%

(0.838)

0.794


8. People with an anxiety disorder are just lazy.

613

0.56

0.63

0.7%

(0.837)

0.771


9. People with an anxiety disorder are a danger to others.

613

1.01

0.82

3.8%

(0.850)

0.561


10. People with an anxiety disorder are self-centred.

613

0.96

0.88

6.4%

(0.840)

0.677


Perceived stigma items

609

21.51

6.61

0.909


1. Most people think that an anxiety disorder is not a real medical illness.

611

2.40

0.89

56.0%

(0.904)

0.673


2. Most people think that an anxiety disorder is a sign of personal weakness.

611

2.33

0.92

52.7%

(0.895)

0.803


3. Most people think that people with an anxiety disorder could snap out of it if they wanted to.

611

2.37

0.94

55.3%

(0.896)

0.796


4. Most people think that people with an anxiety disorder should be ashamed of themselves.

611

1.74

0.88

20.1%

(0.895)

0.801


5. Most people think that people with an anxiety disorder do not make suitable employees.

611

2.33

0.85

48.4%

(0.903)

0.688


6. Most people think that people with an anxiety disorder are unstable.

610

2.46

0.85

58.9%

(0.901)

0.715


7. Most people think that people with an anxiety disorder are to blame for their problem.

611

2.15

0.89

41.6%

(0.896)

0.794


8. Most people think that people with an anxiety disorder are just lazy.

611

1.80

0.92

24.5%

(0.897)

0.779


9. Most people think that people with an anxiety disorder are a danger to others.

610

1.93

0.89

28.7%

(0.906)

0.639


10. Most people think that people with an anxiety disorder are self-centred.

611

2.01

0.89

32.7%

(0.902)

0.708


Griffiths et al. BMC Psychiatry 2011 11:184   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-11-184

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