Recalled childhood teasing among non-clinical, non-college adults

Melissa A. Faith, Eric A. Storch, Jonathon W. Roberti, Deborah Roth Ledley

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This study examined the psychometric properties of the Teasing Questionnaire - Revised (TQ-R) in a non-clinical community sample of adults. The TQ-R, Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale, Beck Depression Inventory-II, and UCLA Loneliness Scale were administered to 355 adults, aged 18-86 years. Confirmatory factor analysis showed the five-factor teasing model proposed by Storch et al. (Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 18, 665-679, 2004c) was not a good fit for these data. A three-factor model consisting of Academic, Social, and Appearance factors was found through exploratory analyses [termed the Teasing Questionnaire - Revised - Short Form (TQ-R-S)]. Internal consistency was good for the TQ-R-S Total Score and resultant TQ-R-S Academic, Social, and Appearance factors. TQ-R-S scores were directly correlated with current psychosocial functioning with correlations of a small to medium effect size. These results provide evidence that teasing during childhood is linked to later symptoms of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008


  • Childhood
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Teasing
  • Teasing Questionnaire - Revised

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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