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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157768
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Psychometric Properties of the Healthy Lifestyle Belief Scale for Teens
Abstract:
Psychometric Properties of the Healthy Lifestyle Belief Scale for Teens
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2009
Author:Kelly, Stephanie, MS, RN, FNP-C
P.I. Institution Name:Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation
Title:Research Assistant
Contact Address:500 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004, USA
Contact Telephone:602-496-0862
Co-Authors:Michael Belyea, PhD, Research Professor; Diana Jacobson, MS, RN, CPNP; Mary Mays, PhD; Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/NPP, FAAN, FNAP; Judy O'Haver, PhD, RN, CPNP
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Healthy Lifestyles Belief Scale for Teens. Background: The prevalence of obesity in adolescents has tripled over the last three decades. Determinants of obesity have focused on lifestyle behaviors such as physical activity and dietary patterns. The amount of physical activity steadily declines during childhood with less than 35% of adolescents meeting the national recommendations. Likewise, dietary patterns in teens are lacking essential nutrients with only 21.4% of adolescents eating five servings of fruits or vegetables daily. In cognitive theory, one's beliefs affect how one behaves. Beliefs about lifestyle habits are an important precursor to behaviors. One's beliefs about living a healthy lifestyle have been highly correlated with behavior choices. Methods: The Beliefs Scale is a 16-item instrument that taps cognitive beliefs/confidence about leading a healthy lifestyle and engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Examples of items on the scale include: "I am sure that I can handle my problems well and I believe that I can be more active." The scale reads at the 4.1 grade level according to the Flesch-Kincaid readability statistics. The items are scored on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from "Strongly Disagree" to "Strongly Agree." Initial testing of the instrument included face validity that was established with 10 teens. Content validity was established by 8 adolescent specialists. Cronbach alphas in our preliminary studies have consistently been above .87. In this study, the Beliefs Scale was administered to 404 adolescents at two high schools during a health/PE course in the Southwest region of the United States. The mean age of respondents was 15.1 years with approximately 48% male and 52% female. Findings: Internal consistency reliability was excellent with a Cronbach's alpha of .94. Construct validity was supported with principal components factor analysis. Implications: The foundations for lifestyle choices begin in childhood. Creation of the Healthy Lifestyles Belief Scale for Teens is an important step allowing measurement of a teen's beliefs regarding healthy lifestyle habits. Beliefs regarding living a healthy lifestyle can be targeted in interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePsychometric Properties of the Healthy Lifestyle Belief Scale for Teensen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157768-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Psychometric Properties of the Healthy Lifestyle Belief Scale for Teens</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kelly, Stephanie, MS, RN, FNP-C</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Research Assistant</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">500 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">602-496-0862</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">stephanie.vanblankenstein@asu.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Michael Belyea, PhD, Research Professor; Diana Jacobson, MS, RN, CPNP; Mary Mays, PhD; Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/NPP, FAAN, FNAP; Judy O'Haver, PhD, RN, CPNP</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Healthy Lifestyles Belief Scale for Teens. Background: The prevalence of obesity in adolescents has tripled over the last three decades. Determinants of obesity have focused on lifestyle behaviors such as physical activity and dietary patterns. The amount of physical activity steadily declines during childhood with less than 35% of adolescents meeting the national recommendations. Likewise, dietary patterns in teens are lacking essential nutrients with only 21.4% of adolescents eating five servings of fruits or vegetables daily. In cognitive theory, one's beliefs affect how one behaves. Beliefs about lifestyle habits are an important precursor to behaviors. One's beliefs about living a healthy lifestyle have been highly correlated with behavior choices. Methods: The Beliefs Scale is a 16-item instrument that taps cognitive beliefs/confidence about leading a healthy lifestyle and engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Examples of items on the scale include: &quot;I am sure that I can handle my problems well and I believe that I can be more active.&quot; The scale reads at the 4.1 grade level according to the Flesch-Kincaid readability statistics. The items are scored on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from &quot;Strongly Disagree&quot; to &quot;Strongly Agree.&quot; Initial testing of the instrument included face validity that was established with 10 teens. Content validity was established by 8 adolescent specialists. Cronbach alphas in our preliminary studies have consistently been above .87. In this study, the Beliefs Scale was administered to 404 adolescents at two high schools during a health/PE course in the Southwest region of the United States. The mean age of respondents was 15.1 years with approximately 48% male and 52% female. Findings: Internal consistency reliability was excellent with a Cronbach's alpha of .94. Construct validity was supported with principal components factor analysis. Implications: The foundations for lifestyle choices begin in childhood. Creation of the Healthy Lifestyles Belief Scale for Teens is an important step allowing measurement of a teen's beliefs regarding healthy lifestyle habits. Beliefs regarding living a healthy lifestyle can be targeted in interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:11:09Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:11:09Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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