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Psychometric evaluation of the Chinese version of the diabetes coping measure scale

By Min-Feng Huang, Mary D. Courtney, Helen E. Edwards and Jan K. McDowell

Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the psychometric properties of a Chinese version of the Diabetes Coping Measure (DCM-C) scale.----- \ud \ud Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was completed by 205 people with type 2 diabetes from the endocrine outpatient departments of three hospitals in Taiwan. Confirmatory factor analysis, criterion validity, and internal consistency reliability were conducted to evaluate the psychometric properties of the DCM-C.-----\ud \ud Findings: Confirmatory factor analysis confirmed a four-factor structure (χ2 /df ratio=1.351, GFI=.904, CFI=.902, RMSEA=.041). The DCM-C was significantly associated with HbA1c and diabetes self-care behaviors. Internal consistency reliability of the total DCM-C scale was .74. Cronbach’s alpha coefficients for each subscale of the DCM-C ranged from .37 (tackling spirit) to .66 (diabetes integration).----- \ud \ud Conclusions: The DCM-C demonstrated satisfactory reliability and validity to determine the use of diabetes coping strategies. The tackling spirit dimension needs further refinement when applies this scale to Chinese populations with diabetes.-----\ud \ud Clinical Relevance: Healthcare providers who deal with Chinese people with diabetes can use the DCM-C to implement an early determination of diabetes coping strategies.\u

Topics: 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified, Confirmatory Factory Analysis, Reliability, Validity, Diabetes Coping Measure
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01306.x
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:31613

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