Test-retest reliability of two instruments for measuring public attitudes towards persons with mental illness

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Test-retest reliability of two instruments for measuring public attitudes towards persons with mental illness

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dc.contributor.author Svensson, Bengt en_US
dc.contributor.author Marklund, Urban en_US
dc.contributor.author Bejerholm, Ulrika en_US
dc.contributor.author Björkman, Tommy en_US
dc.contributor.author Brunt, David en_US
dc.contributor.author Eklund, Mona en_US
dc.contributor.author Hansson, Lars en_US
dc.contributor.author Leufstadius, Carin en_US
dc.contributor.author Lundvik-Gyllensten, Amanda en_US
dc.contributor.author Sandlund, Mikael en_US
dc.contributor.author Östman, Margareta en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-13T12:16:25Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-13T12:16:25Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1471-244X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12816
dc.description.abstract Background Research has identified stigmatization as a major threat to successful treatment of individuals with mental illness. As a consequence several anti-stigma campaigns have been carried out. The results have been discouraging and the field suffers from lack of evidence about interventions that work. There are few reports on psychometric data for instruments used to assess stigma, which thus complicates research efforts. The aim of the present study was to investigate test-retest reliability of the Swedish versions of the questionnaires: FABI and "Changing Minds" and to examine the internal consistency of the two instruments. Method Two instruments, fear and behavioural intentions (FABI) and "Changing Minds", used in earlier studies on public attitudes towards persons with mental illness were translated into Swedish and completed by 51 nursing students on two occasions, with an interval of three weeks. Test-retest reliability was calculated by using weighted kappa coefficient and internal consistency using the Cronbach's alpha coefficient. Results Both instruments attain at best moderate test-retest reliability. For the Changing Minds questionnaire almost one fifth (17.9%) of the items present poor test-retest reliability and the alpha coefficient for the subscales ranges between 0.19 - 0.46. All of the items in the FABI reach a fair or a moderate agreement between the test and retest, and the questionnaire displays a high internal consistency, alpha 0.80. Conclusions There is a need for development of psychometrically tested instruments within this field of research. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.subject.classification Medicine en_US
dc.title Test-retest reliability of two instruments for measuring public attitudes towards persons with mental illness en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Health and Welfare Studies (HV) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1471-244X-11-11 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/11/11 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication BMC Psychiatry;11
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 11 en_US
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