Internal consistency and factor structure of 12-item general health questionnaire in visually impaired students

Praharaj, Samir Kumar (2013) Internal consistency and factor structure of 12-item general health questionnaire in visually impaired students. Industrial Psychiatry Journal, 22 (2). pp. 109-113.

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Abstract

Background: As there are no instruments to measure psychological wellness or distress in visually impaired students, we studied internal consistency and factor structure of GHQ-12 in visually impaired children. Materials and Methods: Internal consistency analysis (Cronbach’s alpha and item total correlation) and exploratory factor analysis (principal component analysis) were carried out to identify factor structure of 12-item general health questionnaire (GHQ-12). Results: All items of GHQ-12 were significantly associated with each other and the Cronbach’s alpha coefficient for the scale was 0.7. On analysis of principal component, three-factor solution was found that accounted for 47.92% of the total variance. The factors included, ‘general well-being’, ‘depression’ and ‘cognitive’, with Cronbach’s alpha coefficients being 0.70, 0.59, and 0.34, respectively. Conclusion: Our study findings suggest GHQ‑12 is a reliable with adequate internal consistency scale and multidimensional factor structure in visually impaired students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Factor analysis; GHQ-12; principal component analysis; visual impairment.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2014 09:32
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 09:32
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/140209

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