Psychometric testing of three COVID-19-related scales among people with mental illness

Chang, K.-C., Hou, W.-L., Pakpour, A.H., Lin, C.-Y. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. Psychometric testing of three COVID-19-related scales among people with mental illness. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Fear of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) may result in psychological health problems among different populations. Moreover, believing COVID-19 information and preventive COVID-19 infection behaviors are relevant constructs associated with fear of COVID-19. Therefore, the present study validated three instruments assessing fear, beliefs, and preventive behaviors related to COVID-19 among individuals with mental illness. Moreover, relationships between the three constructs were examined. Individuals with mental illness (N = 400; 178 females; mean age = 46.91 years) completed the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S), Believing COVID-19 Information Scale (BCIS), Preventive COVID-19 Infection Behaviors Scale (PCIBS), and Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21). The FCV-19S, BCIS, and PCIBS demonstrated a single-factor structure with satisfactory fit indices. Moreover, believing COVID-19 information positively and significantly associated with fear of COVID-19, and fear of COVID-19 negatively and significantly associated with preventive behaviors and positively and significantly associated with psychological distress. The FCV-19S, BCIS, and PCIBS may assist healthcare providers in assessing COVID-19-related information among individuals with mental illness. Consequently, relevant programs may be designed to help individuals with mental illness going through the period of crisis.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Chang, K.-C., Hou, W.-L., Pakpour, A.H., Lin, C.-Y. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 11 July 2020
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
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10.1007/s11469-020-00361-6DOI
1343537Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 14 Jul 2020 13:38
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 13:38
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40227

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