Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine if the factors of sex or age affect the self-efficacy of patients with Parkinson's Disease (PD). Self-efficacy was considered to be an indirect measure of motivation in this study. It was postulated that young female patients would obtain a higher score than their masculine counterparts as well as higher ones on the modified self-efficacy questionnaire in accordance with the scientific literature reviewed. Materials and methods: A total of 40 surveys were collected in a 3-month period. The instrument used in this study was the Modified version of the General Perceived Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (GPSEQ). The original GPSEQ consisted of 10 questions; a modified version of the questionnaire was used, including 5 additional questions related to motivation. A convenience sampling method was used. Patients with PD were identified in clinical settings located in Southwest Florida (USA). Both the research protocol and modified questionnaire were approved by the Florida Gulf Coast University Institutional Review Board. Results: The modified version of the GPSEQ was found to have excellent internal reliability between the original questionnaire and the modified version, with a high Cronbach's alpha (R=.936). There were no significant differences among sex or age groups in self-efficacy scores (P=.356 and .578, respectively). Discussion and conclusion: GPSEQ was proposed as an assessment alternative for self-efficacy in this population. This study found no significant differences in self-efficacy in either sex or age groups.
- Parkinson's disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation