Psychological Science Faculty Publications and Presentations
Development, Reliability, and Validity of the Beliefs Toward Mental Illness Scale
The present study describes the development of a new scale to measure Beliefs toward Mental Illness (BMI), which was designed to measure cross-cultural differences in such beliefs as well as to predict treatment-seeking behavior among different cultural groups. A total of 216 students participated in this study (114 Asian students and 102 American students). A series of factor analyses examining construct validity for the BMI revealed that the BMI has three dimensions, including dangerousness, poor social and interpersonal skills, and incurability. Examination of the reliability estimates for each factor revealed moderate to high internal consistency of the BMI. Comparisons between American and Asian students revealed the expected cultural differences in their beliefs toward mental illness and treatment preference.
Hirai, M., Clum, G.A. Development, Reliability, and Validity of the Beliefs Toward Mental Illness Scale. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 22, 221–236 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007548432472
Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
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