Development of a self-efficacy scale for children and adolescents with epilepsy

Deirdre Caplin, Joan K. Austin, David Dunn, Jianzhao Shen, Susan Perkins

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The purpose of this study was to develop and test the psychometric properties of a Seizure Self-Efficacy Scale for Children (SSES-C). An initial pool of test items was generated using a variety of resources, including literature reviews, child self-efficacy measures from other chronic diseases, and self-efficacy measures for adult patients with epilepsy. Experts in the field of self-efficacy, chronic illness self-management, and behavioral management of seizure disorders were asked to evaluate item content and readability. The scale was administered via computer-assisted telephone interviews to 175 children ages 9 through 14 years who had had epilepsy for 6 months or more. Content validity of the SSES-C was ensured by 80% agreement on test items by experts. The final version of the scale has 15 items. Construct validity was supported by factor analysis and correlation of the SSES-C to other constructs of influence on the health behavior of children with epilepsy. Specifically, the SSES-C was significantly correlated with attitude toward illness, worry, unmet needs for psychosocial care, child depression, and child self-concept. Internal consistency reliability for the measure was also adequate (α =.93). The primary result of this study was the development of an easily administered and useful 15-item scale to measure the degree of self-efficacy experienced by children and adolescents related to the management of their seizure disorder. The SSES-C is a promising questionnaire that has potential for use as a clinical and research tool to measure self-efficacy in children with seizures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-309
Number of pages15
JournalChildren's Health Care
Volume31
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2002

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Self Efficacy
Epilepsy
Seizures
Chronic Disease
Health Behavior
Self Care
Child Care
Psychometrics
Self Concept
Statistical Factor Analysis
Interviews
Depression

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Development of a self-efficacy scale for children and adolescents with epilepsy. / Caplin, Deirdre; Austin, Joan K.; Dunn, David; Shen, Jianzhao; Perkins, Susan.

In: Children's Health Care, Vol. 31, No. 4, 09.2002, p. 295-309.

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Caplin, Deirdre ; Austin, Joan K. ; Dunn, David ; Shen, Jianzhao ; Perkins, Susan. / Development of a self-efficacy scale for children and adolescents with epilepsy. In: Children's Health Care. 2002 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 295-309.
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