Psychometric properties of the illness attitudes scale in psychiatric patients

Thomas Wise, Michael J. Sheridan

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This study assessed the factorial structure of the 29-item Illness Attitudes Scale in a population of 82 psychiatric patients hospitalized for gastrointestinal complaints. Factor analysis yielded three factors of the Illness Attitudes Scale in these patients, which have been interpreted Health Anxiety, Illness Behavior, and Health Habits. The internal consistency of these factors, estimated by Cronbach α, were .86, .80, and .58, respectively. The Health Anxiety and Illness Behavior scores were significantly intercorrelated .43, but scores on Health Habits were not significantly correlated with either Health Anxiety (r = .19) or Illness Behavior (r = .14). These findings are consistent with previous reports that two factors of the Illness Attitudes Scale possess reliable psychometric properties. Cross-validation with other patient populations is required to confirm the validity of the Illness Attitudes Scale factor structure testing at least 5 participants per item of the scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Psychometrics
Psychiatry
Illness Behavior
Health
Anxiety
Habits
Population
Statistical Factor Analysis

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Psychometric properties of the illness attitudes scale in psychiatric patients. / Wise, Thomas; Sheridan, Michael J.

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