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Validation of Turkish Version of Me and My Feelings Scale on children and adolescents

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Psychology Department, Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Istanbul Gelisim University, Istanbul, Turkey

Alpha Psychiatry 2020; 21: Supplement 31-38
DOI: 10.5455/apd.55618
Read: 143 Downloads: 98 Published: 01 February 2020

Objective: Me and My Feelings Scale (M MF) is a brief self-reported measure scale developed for evaluating mental health and well-being of children and adolescents. M MF self-evaluating scale was recently validated consisting of 16 items; 10 items of emotional difficulties and six items of behavioral difficulties. The aim of the current study was to evaluate validity and reliability of the scores of M MF scale in Turkish children and adolescents. Methods: Eight hundred and twenty children and adolescents aged between 9 and 17 were enrolled in the study. SPSS-17.0 and AMOS-24.0 programs were used for statistical analysis. Results: The research sample was concluded to be sufficient for structural equation method. Content validity of the scale was revealed to be applicable in Turkish population using Lawshe analysis. The research had a high reliability analysis with a high Cronbach’s alpha and significant Guttman split-half coefficient. Cronbach’s alpha value was 0.925, Guttman Split-Half value was 0.413 and KMO value was 0.934. As a result of the analysis, the mean emotional score was 18.40±4.10, the mean behavioral score was 4.86±4.24 and the total scale score was 23.26±6.40. Behavioral difficulties had a high score from threshold value indicating the sensitivity of Turkish population compared with behavioral feature. Discussion: In conclusion, M MF is a valid and reliable self-report scale for Turkish children and adolescents in defining behavioral and emotional difficulties and discriminating mental health problems between community and clinic samples. Clinical outcomes of M MF can be recognized and treated in advance cost-effectively by the professionals. [Anadolu Psikiyatri Derg 2020; 21(0.100): 31-38]

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