Psychometric Properties of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale: a Response to Mercado-Lara et al. “Validity and Reliability of the Spanish Version of Fear of COVID-19 Scale in Colombian Physicians”

Chung Ying Lin, Mark D. Griffiths, Amir H. Pakpour

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Abstract

A paper reporting the psychometric properties of the Spanish Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) among Colombian physicians was recently published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Although we welcome the translation and validation of our seven-item scale, this commentary outlines some major concerns we have with the study especially the removal of two items in developing a five-item FCV-19S. Based on these concerns, we strongly recommend that healthcare providers and researchers should use the five-item FCV-19S with caution.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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