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Table 3 QADS communalities, factor loadings (principal axis analysis, Promax-rotated, Kappa = 5, N = 1221) and item-scale-correlations

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 h2 Factor ISC
   1 2 3  
Factor 1 - Core Disgust      
03 You smell vomit. 5 .47 .84 .01 -.24 .59
23 You enter a heavily soiled gas-station restroom. 4 .48 .79 -.22 .01 .60
12 You see someone vomit. 5 .42 .73 .12 -.21 .57
18 You smell spoiled food. 3 .51 .66 .13 -.04 .67
25 Someone with terribly bad breath speaks to you. 2 .41 .60 -.04 .09 .61
29 You see maggots on a piece of meat in an outdoor garbage pail. 3 .48 .58 .14 .03 .64
22 A bad odor reaches your nose. You look down and see that you have stepped into dog feces. 2 .38 .56 .01 .06 .56
31 While you are walking through a tunnel under a railroad track, you smell urine. 2 .50 .53 -.04 .25 .64
02 You are biting into a grilled grasshopper. 5 .31 .44 .07 .09 .52
05 Someone profusely smelling of sweat takes the bus seat next to you. 2 .49 .43 -.16 .43 .60
08 You try to eat monkey meat. 5 .31 .38 .19 .05 .49
28 You are about to drink a glass of milk when you smell that it's spoiled. 3 .34 .37 .21 .07 .55
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 .39 .35 -.03 .34 .58
37 You take raw egg-white into your mouth. 5 29 .33 .12 .15 .51
17 While eating soup, your tongue comes in contact with a piece of hair. 2 .49 .31 .08 .38 .63
Factor 2 - Animal Reminder Disgust      
13 You touch a dead body. 1 .60 .15 .87 -.29 .69
16 You are to ride in a hearse. 1 .66 -.12 .81 .10 .74
24 You touch a dead person's head. 1 .59 .22 .81 -.26 .71
32 You accidentally touch the ashes of a person who has been cremated. 1 .63 .00 .76 .05 .73
26 You have touched the stump of someone's amputated limb. 1 .53 -.15 .75 .09 .67
21 While assisting in a medical emergency, you are to press against a heavily bleeding wound. 1 .44 .02 .69 -.06 .63
06 You enter a crypt, where there are coffins. 1 .55 -.10 .68 .16 .68
20 During a walk in the woods, you see a decomposing animal. 3 .51 .09 .51 .18 .65
30 You are walking barefoot on concrete and you step on an earthworm. 3 .44 .12 .33 .29 .55
Factor 3 - Contamination Disgust      
34 You see a person with greasy hair. 4 .51 -.05 -.17 .86 .64
19 Someone with dirty fingernails hands you a book. 4 .52 -.15 .17 .70 .66
09 A friend tells you he generally doesn't use a deodorant. 4 .47 .-23 .19 .69 .63
01 Someone doesn't clean his/her hands after using the restroom. 4 .46 .20 -.23 .66 .59
35 In a restaurant, you see someone eat his food messily with his fingers. 2 .47 .17 -.09 .61 .60
15 You visit your favorite restaurant, and the cook has a cold. 4 .52 -.08 .22 .61 .66
10 You see a cockroach in someone's house. 3 .53 .07 .10 .60 .70
36 You discover that a friend of yours changes his/her underwear only once a week. 4 .47 .31 -.16 .53 .60
04 You have to remove a hairy dead spider from your room. 3 .41 -.06 .22 .51 .58
14 You accidentally touch the toilet seat in a public restroom. 4 .47 .24 .12 .40 .62
27 You see someone put ketchup on vanilla ice cream and eat it. 3 .34 -.12 .32 .40 .49
11 You hear the mucus rattle as someone is clearing his/her throat. 2 .34 .23 .00 .39 .54
07 You are eating a steak and find that it is still rare on the inside. 5 .36 .02 .29 .34 .52
  1. Note. h2 communality. α Cronbach's Alpha for internal consistency. Disgust Scale - Revised (DS-R) items are printed in italics. Item numbering according to Schienle et al. [01]. Original factors: 1 "Death/deformation", 2 "Body secretions", 3 "Spoilage", 4 "Poor hygiene", 5 "Oral rejection". ISC corrected item-scale-correlation. 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.