Psychometric properties of the cervical smear belief inventory for Chinese women

Su I. Hou, Wei Ming Luh

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This study examines the reliability and validity of the scores of Cervical Smear Belief Inventory (CSBI) among Chinese women in Taiwan. Women who were nonadherent to cervical screening guidelines were recruited (N = 424). Reliabilities showed good internal consistency for the perceived Pros, Cons, and Susceptibility scales (α ranged from .78 to .87). Factor analysis showed good construct validity of the scores of CSBI that revealed concordant patterns with existing social and behavioral theories, except that the Norms scale was loaded with the Pros scale. Moreover, two items in the Cons scale appeared to be "cultural belief toward virginity." Item-discrimination analysis showed that all items in the CSBI successfully discriminated women with favorable cervical smear beliefs from those with unfavorable beliefs (p < .001). In summary, many psychometric properties of the CSBI showed that the scores of the inventory were reliable and valid to assess belief toward cervical smear among Chinese women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-191
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Aug 29

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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