Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the fatigue scale-adolescent

Ka Yan Ho, William H.C. Li, Ka Wai Katherine Lam, S. Y. Chui, Chi Fung Godfrey Chan

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Abstract

Background: The availability of a valid and reliable instrument that accurately assesses the level of fatigue among adolescent cancer survivors is crucial before any appropriate interventions to reduce their fatigue can be appropriately planned and evaluated. The study aimed to test the psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Fatigue Scale for Adolescents. In particular, confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to examine its factorial structure. Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed. Adolescents (13- to 18-year-olds) who had survived cancer and attended medical follow-up at the outpatient clinic in Hong Kong were invited to participate. The internal consistency, content validity and construct validity and test-retest reliability of the Chinese version of the Fatigue Scale for Adolescents were assessed. Results: The content validity index was 0.92. There was a strong positive correlation between adolescents' levels of fatigue and depressive symptoms (r=0.53) and a strong negative correlation between adolescents' levels of fatigue and quality of life (r=-0.58). The mean levels of fatigue of the survivors group was significantly lower than that of those still receiving treatment in hospital, but significantly higher than that of their healthy counterparts. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that there were 4 factors underlying the Chinese version of the Cancer Module. Conclusions: The findings of the study add further evidence that the Chinese version of the Fatigue Scale for Adolescents (12-item) can be used as a reliable and valid tool in assessing cancer-related fatigue among Hong Kong Chinese adolescents who have survived cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number938
JournalBMC Cancer
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Cancer
  • Chinese
  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Fatigue
  • Pediatric oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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