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A Study on the Revised Scale of Information Needs for Caregivers of Children With Cancer (SINCCC-R): Factor Structure, Reliability, and Validity


Objective: The current study assesses the factor structure and psychometric properties of the revised Taiwan Scale of Information Needs for Caregivers with Cancer Children (SINCCC-R) among caregivers of children with cancer in mainland China.

Methods: One hundred and fifty five participants were selected to examine the factor structure, reliability, and validity of the SINCCC-R. Twenty clinical professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors, social workers and experienced caregivers were recruited into a discussion group to help analyze the properties of items on the original SINCCC scale. Improper items were deleted from the SINCCC scale. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was used to determine the factor structure. The criterion validity of SINCCC-R was tested with the Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS).

Results: The SINCCC-R yielded a 5-factor model consistent with the Taiwan SINCCC. The Cronbach alpha coefficient ranged from .79 to .95 and the split-half reliability coefficient was .84. The overall measure was significantly correlated with the SAS scale r = 0.28, p<.05.

Conclusion: The SINCCC-R has adequate psychometric properties to assess the information needs for caregivers of children with cancer in mainland China.

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