Validation of the French sensory gating inventory: A confirmatory factor analysis

Authors: Micoulaud-Franchi J-A., P. Hetrick W., Boyer L., Bolbecker A., Aramaki M., Ystad S., Richieri R., El-Kaim A., Faget C., Faugere M., Cermolacce M., Kronland-Martinet R., Lançon C., Vion-Dury J.
Publication Date: December 2014
Journal: Psychiatry Research (Vol. 220(3), pp. 1106–1112, 2014)



The Sensory Gating Inventory (SGI) is an instrument investigating daily experiences of sensory gating deficit developed for English speaking schizophrenia patients. The purpose of this study is to design and validate a French version of the SGI. A forward–backward translation of the SGI was performed. The psychometric properties of the French SGI version were analyzed. A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was carried out to determine whether factor structure of the French version is similar to the original English version. In a sample of 363 healthy subjects (mean age=31.8 years, S.D.=12.2 years) the validation process revealed satisfactory psychometric properties: the internal consistency reliability was confirmed for each dimension; each item achieved the 0.40 standard threshold for item-internal consistency; each item was more highly correlated with its contributive dimension than with the other dimensions; and based on a CFA, we found a 4-factor structure for the French version of the SGI similar to the original instrument. Test-retest reliability was not determined. The French version of the SGI is a psychometrically sound self-report for measuring phenomenological sensory gating experiences.


• The Sensory Gating Inventory (SGI) is a self-report questionnaire.
• The SGI measures abnormal perceptual experiences related to sensory gating.
• A French version of the SGI was designed and validated.
• The psychometric properties of the French version of the SGI were satisfactory.