Design and psychometric analysis of the COVID-19 prevention, recognition and home-management self-efficacy scale

Hernández-Padilla, José Manuel ORCID logoORCID:, Granero-Molina, José, Ruiz-Fernández, María Dolores, Dobarrio-Sanz, Iria, López-Rodríguez, María Mar, Fernández-Medina, Isabel María, Correa-Casado, Matías and Fernández-Sola, Cayetano (2020) Design and psychometric analysis of the COVID-19 prevention, recognition and home-management self-efficacy scale. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), 17 (13) , e4653. ISSN 1661-7827 [Article] (doi:10.3390/ijerph17134653)

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In order to control the spread of COVID-19, people must adopt preventive behaviours that can affect their day-to-day life. People’s self-efficacy to adopt preventive behaviours to avoid COVID-19 contagion and spread should be studied. The aim of this study was to develop and psychometrically test the COVID-19 prevention, detection, and home-management self-efficacy scale (COVID-19-SES). We conducted an observational cross-sectional study. Six-hundred and seventy-eight people participated in the study. Data were collected between March and May 2020. The COVID-19-SES’ validity (content, criterion, and construct), reliability (internal consistency and test-retest reliability), and legibility were studied. The COVID-19-SES’ reliability was high (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.906; intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.754). The COVID-19-SES showed good content validity (scale’s content validity index = 0.92) and good criterion validity when the participants’ results on the COVID-19-SES were compared to their general self-efficacy (r = 0.38; p 0.001). Construct validity analysis revealed that the COVID-19-SES’ three-factor structure explained 52.12% of the variance found and it was congruent with the World Health Organisation’s recommendations to prevent COVID-19 contagion and spread. Legibility analysis showed that the COVID-19-SES is easy to read and understand by laypeople. The COVID-19-SES is a psychometrically robust instrument that allows for a valid and reliable assessment of people’s self-efficacy in preventing, detecting symptoms, and home-managing COVID-19.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Outbreak of a Novel Coronavirus: A Global Health Threat
Keywords (uncontrolled): COVID-19, psychometrics, self-efficacy
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 30602
Notes on copyright: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
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Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2020 08:55
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