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The concept of health scale: Developed for Chinese people with chronic illness

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Hwu, YJ, Coates, Vivien, Boore, JRP and Bunting, Brendan (2002) The concept of health scale: Developed for Chinese people with chronic illness. NURSING RESEARCH, 51 (5). pp. 292-301. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Background. As the concept of health in Chinese people with chronic illness had not been previously explored, a scale to measure this concept in this client group was developed. Objective: To develop and test the psychometric integrity of the Concept of Health Scale (CHS) for use with Chinese people. Methods: Previous nursing experience and a literature review were used to inform the initial development of the CHS. It was revised following scrutiny by a panel of experts. Two studies tested the psychometric integrity of the scale. In Study One the data gathered from 80 Chinese people with a chronic illness were subjected to item analysis and exploratory factor analysis. In Study Two, with a convenience sample of 372 chronically ill Chinese people, confirmatory factor analysis was conducted. Results: Instrument analysis in Study One resulted in a 34-item scale with a Cronbach alpha of 0.94. The results of an exploratory factor analysis showed that physical, psychosocial, and spiritual factors were represented by the CHS. The hypothesized model of the CHS was tested in Study Two using confirmatory factor analyses. The results of this study indicated that the concept of health was comprised of six first-order and three second-order factors. Conclusion: The results of this study demonstrated that Chinese people with chronic illness held a broad frame of reference in gauging the concept of health. The development of the CHS brings us one step closer to understanding how Chinese people with chronic illness regard the concept of health.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Psychology Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:1873
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:14 Dec 2009 14:38
Last Modified:14 Apr 2014 16:16

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