Evidence of validity of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) in the Argentinian context.

Furnan, H., Griffiths, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Pakpour, A. and Simpkin, H., 2021. Evidence of validity of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) in the Argentinian context. PSOCIAL: Journal of Research in Social Psychology, 6 (2), pp. 99-110. ISSN 2422-619X

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Abstract

The Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) is one of the most widely psychometric instruments used for assessing the fear of COVID-19 in the international context. The present study aims to analyze the evidence of validity based on the internal structure, in relation to other variables and reliability of the FCV-19S among a sample of 223 adults from Argentina aged between 21 and 85 years (M = 50.96 years; SD = 16.57) and of both sexes (males = 30.5%; females = 69.5%). Results indicated very good values in terms of its reliability (ω = .94; α = .93). The confirmatory factor analysis yields adequate values in terms of the validity criteria based on the internal structure of the scale, providing empirical support for a unidimensional model. Likewise, the associations between the FCV-19S and the Brief Fear of Death Scale provide evidence of validity related to other variables. The study demonstrates that the FCV-19S is a valid and reliable instrument to interpret the fear of COVID-19 in the local context, although future studies should continue to investigate its psychometric properties.

La Escala de Miedo al COVID-19 (FCV-19S)constituye uno de los instrumentos psicométricos másempleados para la evaluación del miedo al COVID-19 en elcontexto internacional. El presente estudio se propone analizarlas evidencias de validez basada en la estructura interna, enla relación con otras variables y fiabilidad de la FCV-19S enuna muestra de 223 adultos de Argentina con edades entre21 y 85 años (M = 50.96 años; DE = 16.57) y de ambossexos (Hombres = 30,5%; Mujeres = 69,5%). La FCV-19Spresenta valores aceptables de confiabilidad (ω = .94; α = .93).El análisis factorial confirmatorio arroja valores adecuados encuanto a los criterios de validez basada en la estructura internade la escala, aportando apoyo empírico en favor de un modelounidimensional. Asimismo, las asociaciones entre la FCV-19Sy la Escala de Miedo a la Muerte Abreviada aportan evidenciasde validez en relación con otras variables. El estudio demuestraque la FCV-19S es un instrumento válido y confiable parainterpretar el miedo al COVID-19 en el contexto local, aunquefuturos estudios deberían continuar indagando sus propiedadespsicométricas.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Evidencias de Validez de la Escala de Miedo al COVID-19(FCV-19S) en el contexto argentino
Description: Text in Spanish
Publication Title: PSOCIAL: Journal of Research in Social Psychology
Creators: Furnan, H., Griffiths, M., Pakpour, A. and Simpkin, H.
Publisher: Universidad de Buenos Aires , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
Date: 10 February 2021
Volume: 6
Number: 2
ISSN: 2422-619X
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 19 Feb 2021 15:41
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2021 15:41
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42294

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