The development of the Mental Health Confidence Scale: A measure of self-efficacy in individuals diagnosed with mental disorders.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal (Impact Factor: 1.16). 10/2012;

ABSTRACT This article discusses a new scale for the measurement of self-efficacy among persons dealing with mental disorders and examines the relationship between involvement in self-help and self-efficacy. The Mental Health Confidence Scale scale is based on theories of self-efficacy and recent qualitative research on self-help groups. It is designed to assess the self-efficacy beliefs of persons dealing with mental disorders, particularly how confident they are about their ability to deal with those things that commonly influence their lives. The presumed 3-factor structure of the scale (optimism, coping, advocacy) was tested using data from a study on understanding factors associated with participation and nonparticipation in mental health self-help groups; Ss were 554 self-help group participants, mean age 42 yrs. Results of confirmatory factor analyses support the 3-factor structure and suggest that the scale is a reliable means of assessing mental health related efficacy beliefs. In correlational analyses, generally positive associations were found between participation in self-help and self-efficacy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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