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Psychometric Properties of the Korean Translation of the Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Stigma Questionnaire
J Korean Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2018; 29(3): 122-128
Published online July 1, 2018
© 2018 Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Soo Jung Rim, Hyesue Jang, and Subin Park

Department of Research Planning, Mental Health Research Institute, National Center for Mental Health, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Subin Park, Department of Research Planning, Mental Health Research Institute, National Center for Mental Health, 127 Yongmasan-ro, Gwangin-gu, Seoul 04933, Korea Tel: +82-2-2204-0108, Fax: +82-2-2204-0280, E-mail:
Received December 27, 2017; Revised March 22, 2018; Accepted March 28, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives: This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the Korean version of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Stigma Questionnaire (ASQ) and the effect of the source of information about mental health on ADHD stigma.
Methods: The Korean translation of the ASQ was prepared, and 673 participants, 20–64 years of age, completed the questionnaire using an online panel survey in South Korea. The participants also completed questionnaires detailing sociodemographic variables and the source of their mental health knowledge. Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was used to explore the internal consistency of the ASQ. Factor analysis using Varimax rotation was conducted to investigate the structure of the ASQ.
Results: The 26-item ASQ demonstrated excellent internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha=0.940). Factor analysis supported a three-factor structure, including Concerns with Public Attitudes, Negative Self-Image, and Disclosure Concerns. There were no significant differences in the total ASQ scores according to sociodemographic characteristics. Participants who reported the internet as their major source of information about mental health showed higher ASQ scores compared to those who used other sources for mental health information.
Conclusion: The Korean translation of the ASQ has acceptable psychometric properties among Korean adults. Inaccurate information from the internet could increase the stigma toward ADHD.
Keywords : Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; Stigma; Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder Stigma Questionnaire.

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