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Table 2 QADS item characteristics (N = 2349 to 2457)

From: Domains of disgust sensitivity: revisited factor structure of the questionnaire for the assessment of disgust sensitivity (QADS) in a cross-sectional, representative german survey

Item M (SD) skewness kurtosis W (N) % 0 % 1 % 2 % 3 % 4
01 Someone doesn't clean his/her hands after using the restroom. 4 2.5
(1.2)
-0.42** -0.65** .89** 5 13 28 29 25
02 You are biting into a grilled grasshopper. 5 3.0
(1.2)
-0.95** -0.11 .80** 4 9 17 22 48
03 You smell vomit. 5 3.2
(1.0)
-1.20** 0.83** .77** 2 6 13 29 50
04 You have to remove a hairy dead spider from your room. 3 2.2
(1.4)
-0.19** -1.26** .88** 15 18 21 20 26
05 Someone profusely smelling of sweat takes the bus seat next to you. 2 2.9
(1.0)
-0.66** -0.23** .86** 2 8 23 34 33
06 You enter a crypt, where there are coffins. 1 2.1
(1.4)
-0.13** -1.18** .90** 16 18 24 21 21
07 You are eating a steak and find that it is still rare on the inside. 5 2.1
(1.4)
-0.07 -1.20** .90** 17 18 25 19 21
08 You try to eat monkey meat. 5 3.1
(1.2)
-1.07** 0.15** .78** 4 7 17 21 51
09 A friend tells you he generally doesn't use a deodorant. 4 1.8
(1.3)
0.15** -1.05** .91** 20 22 27 18 13
10 You see a cockroach in someone's house. 3 2.4
(1.3)
-0.31** -0.89** .90** 9 16 27 25 23
11 You hear the mucus rattle as someone is clear- ing his/her throat. 2 2.7
(1.1)
-0.55** -0.47** .88** 5 10 26 30 29
12 You see someone vomit. 5 3.0
(1.0)
-0.96** 0.35** .82** 3 6 18 31 42
13 You touch a dead body. 1 2.4
(1.3)
-0.34** -0.95** .89** 12 13 27 22 26
14 You accidentally touch the toilet seat in a public restroom. 4 2.6
(1.2)
-0.49** -0.63** .88** 7 11 27 28 27
15 You visit your favorite restaurant, and the cook has a cold. 4 2.0
(1.2)
-0.02 -0.92** .91** 14 20 31 21 14
16 You are to ride in a hearse. 1 2.0
(1.4)
-0.06 -1.14** .90** 18 17 26 21 18
17 While eating soup, your tongue comes in contact with a piece of hair. 2 2.7
(1.1)
-0.51** -0.61** .89** 4 12 25 29 30
18 You smell spoiled food. 3 2.9
(1.1)
-0.77** -0.09 .85** 3 8 21 34 34
19 Someone with dirty fingernails hands you a book. 4 2.1
(1.2)
-0.14** -0.78** .91** 11 18 33 24 14
20 During a walk in the woods, you see a decomposing animal. 3 2.2
(1.3)
-0.15** -0.95** .91** 13 18 28 24 17
21 While assisting in a medical emergency, you are to press against a heavily bleeding wound. 1 1.9
(1.3)
0.07** -1.10** .91** 21 20 26 20 13
22 A bad odor reaches your nose. You look down and see that you have stepped into dog feces. 2 2.8
(1.1)
-0.67** -0.37 .86** 3 11 21 32 33
23 You enter a heavily soiled gas-station restroom. 4 3.3
(0.9)
-1.23** 0.92** .75** 1 4 14 27 54
24 You touch a dead person's head. 1 2.5
(1.3)
-0.47** -0.93** .88** 11 13 22 24 30
25 Someone with terribly bad breath speaks to you. 2 3.0
(1.0)
-0.68** -0.10** .85** 1 7 21 38 33
26 You have touched the stump of someone's amputated limb. 1 2.0
(1.3)
0.02** -1.07** .91** 18 20 27 20 15
27 You see someone put ketchup on vanilla ice cream and eat it. 3 1.7
(1.3)
0.24 -1.02** .90** 23 22 27 16 12
28 You are about to drink a glass of milk when you smell that it's spoiled. 3 2.5
(1.2)
-0.41** -0.67** .90** 6 14 27 30 23
29 You see maggots on a piece of meat in an outdoor garbage pail. 3 2.9
(1.1)
-0.91** 0.04** .83** 4 8 18 30 40
30 You are walking barefoot on concrete and you step on an earthworm. 3 2.2
(1.3)
-0.16** -1.12** .90** 14 18 24 23 21
31 While you are walking through a tunnel under a railroad track, you smell urine. 2 2.8
(1.1)
-0.64** -0.30** .87** 3 10 23 34 30
32 You accidentally touch the ashes of a person who has been cremated. 1 2.3
(1.3)
-0.20** -1.06** .90** 13 17 26 21 23
33 You are hungry. In front of you there is a bowl of your favorite soup that had been stirred with a used but thoroughly washed flyswatter. 4 2.8
(1.2)
-0.66** -0.48** .86** 4 11 22 27 36
34 You see a person with greasy hair. 4 2.2
(1.1)
-0.13** -0.72** .91** 7 19 33 26 15
35 In a restaurant, you see someone eat his food messily with his fingers. 2 2.5
(1.2)
-0.44 -0.63** .89** 6 13 27 30 24
36 You discover that a friend of yours changes his/her underwear only once a week. 4 2.7
(1.2)
-0.56 -0.57** .88** 5 12 24 29 30
37 You take raw egg-white into your mouth. 5 2.5
(1.3)
-0.48** -0.85** .88** 10 12 24 25 29
  1. Note. Item numbering according to Schienle et al. [01]. Original factors: 1 "Death/Deformation", 2 "Body Secretions", 3 "Spoilage", 4 "Poor Hygiene", 5 "Oral Rejection". M Mean (Range 0 - 4, lower/higher scores = refusal/stronger approval). SD standard deviation. W = Shapiro-Wilk test of normality. dfW = 2524. Univariate non-normality tests of skewness and kurtosis: ** p < .01. 0-4% = frequencies of answers (0 = not disgusting, 4 = very disgusting). Items 27-32 and 36 adopted from Olatunji et al. [05], items 8, 10-15, 33, 35 resemble the ones from Olatunji et al. [05], every other item was translated by the authors.