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dc.contributor.authorKonkoly-Thege, Barna
dc.contributor.authorRafael, Beatrix
dc.contributor.authorRohánszky, Magda
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-18T16:34:39Z
dc.date.available2015-03-18T16:34:39Z
dc.date.issued2014-09-09
dc.identifier.citationKonkolÿ Thege, B., Rafael, B., & Rohánszky, M. (2014). Psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale Form C in a non-Western culture. PLoS ONE, 9(9), e107108.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/50369
dc.descriptionArticle deposited according to PLoS ONE license agreement http://www.plosone.org/static/license March 18, 2015.en_US
dc.description.abstractForm C of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scales (MHLC-C) was designed to investigate health-related control beliefs of persons with an existing medical condition. The aim of the present study was to examine the psychometric properties of this instrument in a culture characterized by external control beliefs and learned helplessness—contrary to the societal context of original test development. Altogether, 374 Hungarian patients with cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disorders were enrolled in the study. Besides the MHLC-C, instruments measuring general control beliefs, anxiety, depression, self-efficacy, and health behaviors were also administered to evaluate the validity of the scale. Both exploratory and confirmatory factor analytic techniques were used to investigate the factor structure of the scale. Our results showed that the Hungarian adaptation of the instrument had a slightly different structure than the one originally hypothesized: in the present sample, a three-factor structure emerged where the items of the Doctors and the Others subscales loaded onto a single common component. Internal reliability of all three subscales was adequate (alphas between .71 and .79). Data concerning the instrument's validity were comparable with previous results from Western countries. These findings may suggest that health locus of control can be construed very similarly to Western countries even in a post-communist society—regardless of the potential differences in general control beliefs.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding provided by the Open Access Authors Fund.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherPLoS ONEen_US
dc.subjectBehavioral and social aspects of healthen_US
dc.subjectPsychometricsen_US
dc.subjectCultureen_US
dc.subjectDepressionen_US
dc.subjectEigenvaluesen_US
dc.subjectMedical doctorsen_US
dc.subjectDiabetes mellitusen_US
dc.titlePsychometric Properties of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale Form C in a Non-Western Cultureen_US
dc.typejournal article
dc.publisher.corporateUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.publisher.facultyArtsen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/10100
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US


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