Psychometric properties of a translated Decisional Balance Scale for assessing and predicting children's smoking status

BEKTAŞ M., Ozturk C., Armstrong M.

ANADOLU PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-ANATOLIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, vol.11, no.4, pp.327-334, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.327-334
  • Keywords: Decisional Balance Scale, reliability and validity, smoking, child, VALIDATION, CESSATION
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The purpose of this descriptive cross-sectional study was to conduct psychometric validations for a Turkish version of the Decisional Balance Scale (TDBS). Methods: The TDBS was administered to 642 children ages 9-14 in Grades 4-8, using random sampling. Data were analyzed using the Kendall W, paired sample t-test, confirmatory factor analyses and percentiles. Results: Researchers determined that the cons subscale correlation coefficients were between 0.43-0.71, and the pros subscale were 0.54-0.74. Subscale factor load for the pros was 0.40-0.78 and for the cons was 0.41-0.75, respectively. The subscales' reliability coefficient for the pros subscale was alpha=0.74 and for the cons subscale alpha=0.78. Conclusion: The TDBS is thus congruent for use in Turkey. (Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry 2010; 11:327-334)