The University of Sussex

Categories of disgust: a factor analysis study

Karen Barker, Graham C.L. Davey

This paper describes two studies based on a factor analysis of disgusts. The results revealed that disgusts could be grouped into five categories representing foodstuffs of animal origin, human body and body products, invertebrate animals, gastro-enteric products and sexual practices. The factor structures for males and females and student and employed populations were comparable except for some minor differences, and females exhibited significantly higher disgust scores on all disgust categories except gastro-enteric products. Scores on all five categories were all highly inter-correlated and also significantly correlated with an independent measure of disgust sensitivity.

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