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Psychometric Properties of the Social Physique Anxiety Scale (SPAS–7) in Spanish Adolescents

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 November 2013

Piedad Sáenz-Alvarez
Universidad de Almería (Spain)
Álvaro Sicilia*
Universidad de Almería (Spain)
David González-Cutre
Universidad Miguel Hernández (Spain)
Roberto Ferriz
Universidad de Almería (Spain)
*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Álvaro Sicilia Camacho. Universidad de Almería. Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación, Enfermería y Fisioterapia. Carretera de Sacramento s/n. 04120. La Cañada de San Urbano. Almería (Spain). Phone: +34–9500155394. Fax: +34–950015731. E-mail:


The purpose of this study was to validate the Spanish version of Motl and Conroy’s model of the Social Physique Anxiety Scale (SPAS–7). To achieve this goal, a sample of 398 secondary school students was used, and the psychometric properties of the SPAS–7 were examined through different analyses. The results supported the seven-item model, although the item 5 did not show any significant correlation with two items from this model and had a lower factor loading than the rest of items. The structure of the model was invariant across gender and Body Mass Index (BMI). Alpha value over .70 and suitable levels of temporal stability were obtained. Girls and students classified according to the BMI as overweight and obese had higher scores in social physique anxiety than boys and the group classified as underweight and normal range. The findings of this study provided reliability and validity for the SPAS–7 in a Spanish adolescent sample.

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Copyright © Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid 2013 

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