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Men's Responses to HPV Test Results: Development of a Theory-Based Survey

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Objective : To develop and perform psychometric testing on an instrument designed to assess cognitive/emotional responses among men receiving HPV testing.

Methods : Men enrolled in an HPV natural history study (N 139) completed a computer-assisted survey instrument based on Leventhal's parallel processing/common-sense model. Data were analyzed using SPSS and Mplus.

Results : Reliability analyses resulted in Cronbach of 0.72 (knowledge), 0.86 (perceived threat), 0.83 (self-efficacy), and 0.55 (response efficacy). A revised measurement model exhibited evidence of construct validity, as indicated by acceptable model fit statistics.

Conclusion : To our knowledge, this is the only validated instrument assessing men's reactions to an HPV test result.
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Keywords: HPV; behavioral; instrument development; theoretical framework

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health, Tampa, FL.

Publication date: 01 November 2009

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