Background: The 19-item Somatic Absorption Scale was developed by David Watson to
measure the dispositional aspects of attention focusing on internal body processes.
The developer aimed at creating a questionnaire that is independent from negative
affectivity/neuroticism, has a single factor structure, and assesses the proneness
to continuously monitor healthy (non-pathological) body processes. The scale has not
been published to date. Aim: The goals of the present study were the development and
psychometric evaluation of the Hungarian version of the scale. Methods: Psychometric
characteristics of the newly developed and back-translated Hungarian version were
tested on a sample of university students (n = 426; 38.5% males; mean age = 20.8 ±
1.63 yrs). The Hungarian version of the Somatic Absorption Scale, the Miller's Private
Body Consciousness Scale (PBCS), the five item WHO Well-being Index (WHO-5) and the
Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) were completed by the participants.
Results: The scale showed good internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = 0.84) and
its single factor structure was confirmed by confirmatory factor analysis (CMIN =
636.7, df = 152, p < 0.001; CMIN/df = 4.19; NFI = 0.902; TLI = 0.912; CFI = 0.898;
RMSEA = 0.087 [0.080-0.094]). The Somatic Absorption Scale proved to be independent
from Negative Affect (Kendall's tau-b = 0.02; p = 0.515), showed medium level correlation
with the Private Body Consciousness Scale (Kendall's tau-b = 0.43; p < 0.001) and
weak correlation with the Positive Affect Scale (Kendall's tau-b = 0.12; p < 0.001)
and with the WHO Well-being Index (Kendall's tau-b = 0.08; p < 0.05). Conclusion:
The Somatic Absorption Scale might be an ideal tool to assess body awareness, i.e.
the non-judgmental, 'mindful' awareness of internal sensations which serves as a base
of self and self-consciousness.