Construct validity of the street survival skills questionnaire used as a measure of adaptive behavior in Hong Kong

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Construct validity of the street survival skills questionnaire used as a measure of adaptive behavior in Hong Kong

 

Author: Lee, Lai-ying.
Title: Construct validity of the street survival skills questionnaire used as a measure of adaptive behavior in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2001
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Mental illness -- China -- Hong Kong
Mental illness -- Social aspects -- China -- Hong Kong
Adaptability (Psychology) -- China -- Hong Kong
Adjustment (Psychology) -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: ix, 107 leaves ; 30 cm.
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1724865
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5446
Abstract: With the shift of emphasis from institutional to community care of the clients with mental illness, there is increasing need for predicting their successful community reintegration. There are only limited measures of independent community living that have undergone local validation. The primary purpose of this study is to gather evidence on the construct validity of the Street Survival Skills Questionnaire (SSSQ) as a measure of adaptive behavior in Hong Kong Chinese Culture. The concurrent validity of the SSSQ with the Chinese Functional Needs Assessment (CFNA) was also investigated. This study consisted of three stages 1) exploration of the construct of adaptive behavior for community living, 2) investigation of the relevance of the SSSQ used as a measure of adaptive behavior in Hong Kong, and 3) field test and investigation of its concurrent validity with the CFNA. The construct of adaptive behavior in Hong Kong was explored through semi-structured interview with mentally ill clients and expert panel focus groups. The dimensions of adaptive behavior identified in the review groups matched largely with those of SSSQ. The relevance of the revised SSSQ was reviewed through questionnaire survey. Comments were received mostly on the sub-scale of basic concepts and tools. Thirty-three clients living in halfway houses were selected for the field test. The item analysis results showed that majority of the items had good item-total correlation between 0.2 to 0.8 with a few exceptions. The refinement of six items on using telephone, washing and drying machines seemed unsatisfactory. Two items in the sub-scale of tools needed refinement. The overall internal consistency of the revised SSSQ was good (alpha=0.94). The revised SSSQ correlated with the CFNA significantly (r=0.56, p<0.01). This supported the hypothesis of the revised SSSQ could be used as a measure of adaptive behavior in Hong Kong. It can be used as a base for further validation studies and studies on its clinical use.

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