Validity of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scales in American Sign Language

Ninad Athale, Arianna Aldridge, Vanessa L. Malcarne, Melanie Nakaji, Waheeda Samady, Georgia Robins Sadler

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Abstract

Few instruments have been translated and validated for people who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their preferred language. This study examined the reliability and validity of a new ASL version of the widely used Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (MHLC) scales. Deaf individuals (N = 311) were shown the ASL version via videotape, and their responses were recorded. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the four-factor structure of the MHLC. Scale reliabilities (Cronbach's alphas) ranged from 0.60 to 0.93. There were no apparent gender or ethnic differences. These results provide support for the new ASL version of the MHLC scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1064-1074
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • American Sign Language
  • Deaf
  • assessment
  • health locus of control
  • psychometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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