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Table 2 Response characteristics and factor loadings for the Generalised Anxiety Stigma items

From: The generalised anxiety stigma scale (GASS): psychometric properties in a community sample

  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