Alexithymia Questionnaire for Children

Available in English, Dutch, Italian and Farsi; 20 items

The alexithymia questionnaire for children is based on the original Toronto Alexithymia Scale 20 (TAS-20, Bagby, Parker & Taylor, 1994) that assesses alexithymia in adults. The Alexithymia Questionnaire for Children consists of 20 items that represent the three factors Difficulty identifying feelings, Difficulty describing feelings and Externally oriented thinking. The item response format is: not true, a bit true, true.

Rieffe, C., Oosterveld, P., & Meerum Terwogt, M. (2006). An alexithymia questionnaire for children: Factorial and concurrent validation results. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 123-133.

For validation of the questionnaire in Italian:

Di Trani M., Tomassetti N., Bonadies M., Capozzi F., De Gennaro L., Presaghi F., Solano L. (2009). Un Questionario Italiano per l'Alessitimia in Eta Evolutiva: struttura fattoriale e attendibilita. Psicologia della Salute, 2, p. 131-143.

For validation of the questionnaire in Farsi:

Rieffe, C., Oosterveld, P., Meerum Terwogt, M., Novin, S., Nasiri, H., & Latifian, M. (2010). Relationship between alexithymia, mood and internalizing symptoms in children and young adolescents: Evidence from an Iranian sample. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 425-430.

For validation of the questionnaire in Hindi:

Shukla Mishra, V., Maudgal, S., Theunissen, S.C.P.M., & Rieffe, C. (2012). Alexithymia in children with cancer and their siblings. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 78, 266-268. 

For the original TAS-20 questionnaire:

Bagby, R.M., Parker, J.D.A.  & Taylor, G.J. (1994). The twenty-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale: Part I, Item selection and cross-validation of the factor structure. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 38, 23-32.


Here you can download different versions of the Alexithymia Questionnaire for Children:
The Dutch version:   Alex_NL 
The English version: Alex_EN 
The Italian version:   Alex_IT
The Farsi version:      pdf
Syntax to compute the scales: Alex_Syntax


Questions about this questionnaire can be mailed to Yung-Ting Tsou, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.