A novel method for assessing distress intolerance: Adaptation of a measure of willingness to pay

Publication year: 2011
Source: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Volume 42, Issue 4, December 2011, Pages 440-446

R. Kathryn, McHugh , Bridget A., Hearon , Daniella M., Halperin , Michael W., Otto

 Background and Objectives: Distress intolerance is a core element of many models of psychopathology and is related to a range of disorders and maladaptive behaviors. However, research on distress intolerance has been hampered by inconsistency in its assessment. Moreover, recent perspectives suggest that distress intolerance varies based on the domain of distress, highlighting the need for a measure that can capture intolerance across types of distress. This paper introduces a novel measure for distress intolerance: an adaptation of the willingness to pay (WTP) measure, which provides a consistent metric for assessing distress intolerance across domains of distress. Methods: The WTP Distress Intolerance (WTP-DI)…

 Highlights: ► A measure of willingness to pay was adapted for the assessment of distress intolerance. ► Support was found for the feasibility and validity of the willingness to pay measure. ► Individuals with substance dependence exhibit particularly elevated distress intolerance.