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									Distress Tolerance Scale (DTS)

Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. ( for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 02-21-2018
last updated:  02-22-2018 by K.Borchert for Millisecond Software LLC

Script Copyright ©  02-22-2018 Millisecond Software


This script implements a computerized version of the Distress Tolerance Scale (DTS) as described in:

Simons, J.S. & Gaher, R.M. (2005). The Distress Tolerance Scale: Development
and Validation of a Self-Report Measure. Motivation and Emotion, 29, 83-102.

15 5-point Likert Scale, self-report

The default data stored in the data files are:

(1) Raw data file: 'DTS_survey.iqdat'

date, time, group, subject:		date and time script was run with the current group/subjectnumber 
build:							the Inquisit build 

q*_response:					response given (in assigned values)
q*_latency:						how much time (in ms) the participant spent on the surveypage with this particular question (the last time this particular surveypage was visited)

(2) Summary data file: 'distresstolerancescale_summary.iqdat' (Inquisit Lab: one data file per participant)

script.startdate:				date script was run
script.starttime:				time script was started
script.subjectid:				subject id number
script.groupid:					group id number
script.elapsedtime:				time it took to run script (in ms)
computer.platform:				the platform the script was run on
/completed:						0 = script was not completed (prematurely aborted); 1 = script was completed (all conditions run)

High scores represent high distress tolerance (Range: 1-5)
/DTS-G: 'the higher-order scale formed from the means of the first-order subscales' (see Simons & Gaher, 2005, table IV, p.94)
		= mean of (expressions.Tolerance, expressions.Absorption, expressions.Appraisal, expressions.Regulation)

Subscale Scores: Subscale scores are the mean of the items (see Simons & Gaher, 2005, p.100)
/Tolerance: mean of sum(q1, q3, q5)
/Absorption: mean of sum(q2, q4, q15)
/Appraisal = mean of sum(q6R, q7, q9, q10, q11, q12) R=reversed scored
/Regulation = mean of sum(q13, q14, q8)

15 5-point Likert Scale, self-report

as provided by Simons & Gaher (2005), see Editable Parameters

check below for (relatively) easily editable parameters, stimuli, instructions etc. 
Keep in mind that you can use this script as a template and therefore always "mess" with the entire code to further customize your experiment.

The parameters you can change are:

/pageinstructions:			the instructions that appear at the top of each surveypage

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