COVID-19 fear among Pakistanis: psychometric evaluation of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale using item response theory and confirmatory factor analysis

Ullah, I., Tahir, M.J., Ali, S., Waseem, R., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Mamun, M.A., Lin, C.-Y. and Pakpour, A.H., 2021. COVID-19 fear among Pakistanis: psychometric evaluation of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale using item response theory and confirmatory factor analysis. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

The Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) assesses the fear of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and has been translated and validated into over 20 languages. The present study conducted confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and item response theory (IRT) analyses on the FCV-19S among a sample of 937 Pakistani adults (mean [SD] age of 25.83 [11.80] years; 537 [57.3%] females). The CFA and IRT confirmed the unidimensionality of the FCV-19S. The Likert-type scale used in the FCV-19S was supported by the proper threshold orderings. Additionally, no DIF contrast had an absolute value larger than 0.5 regarding the participants' characteristics of gender, age, living status, and education in the IRT findings. The FCV-19S was found to be valid and reliable with strong psychometric properties among the Pakistani adult population.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Ullah, I., Tahir, M.J., Ali, S., Waseem, R., Griffiths, M.D., Mamun, M.A., Lin, C.-Y. and Pakpour, A.H.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date: 29 November 2021
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-021-00656-2DOI
1499878Other
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 30 Nov 2021 13:47
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2021 13:47
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45011

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