The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) hairpulling scale: 1. development and factor analyses

Nancy J. Keuthen, Richard L. O Sullivan, Joseph N. Ricciardi, David Shera, Cary R. Savage, Andrea S. Borgmann, Michael A. Jenike, Lee Baer

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Abstract

We developed the MGH Hairpulling Scale to provide a brief, self-report instrument for assessing repetitive hairpulling. Seven individual items, rated for severity from 0 to 4, assess urges to pull, actual pulling, perceived control, and associated distress. We administered the scale to 119 consecutive patients with chronic hairpulling. Statistical analyses indicate that the seven items form a homogenous scale for the measurement of severity in this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-145
Number of pages5
JournalPsychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Volume64
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hairpulling
  • Self-report scale assessment
  • Trichotillomania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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