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Psychometric Properties of the Colombian Version of the HIV Attitudes Scale for Adolescents

SexLab KL, School of Psychology, Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz, Bogotá 110231, Colombia
Grupo Aitana, Departament of Health Psychology, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, 03202 Alicante, Spain
Social Sciences Department, Universidad de la Costa, Barranquilla 080002, Colombia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(13), 4686;
Received: 14 May 2020 / Revised: 9 June 2020 / Accepted: 10 June 2020 / Published: 29 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Risk Behaviors and Substance Abuse among Adolescents)
The HIV Attitudes Scale (HIV-AS) evaluates attitudes towards different aspects of HIV. In view of the lack of scales measuring this construct in Colombia, this study sought to validate the HIV-AS test for adolescents from Colombia. A total of 867 Colombian students, aged between 14 and 19 years (M = 15.97 years; SD = 1.37) were evaluated. Participants responded to the HIV-AS test and a set of scales used to assess external validity. Content validity analyses reflected good adequacy indices for the items. Exploratory factor analyses revealed a four-factor structure and reliability indices were satisfactory. The structural equation model showed good levels of fit. Most of the items presented a discrimination index above 0.30 and contributed to the reliability of the scale, except for item 9, which was eliminated. Concurrent validity showed significant correlations among the HIV-AS and other similar constructs. A reliable measurement of attitudes toward HIV allows for an improved assessment of the risk associated with exposure to sexually transmitted infections in adolescent populations. View Full-Text
Keywords: HIV/AIDS; attitudes; validity; adolescent; Colombia HIV/AIDS; attitudes; validity; adolescent; Colombia
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Gómez-Lugo, M.; Morales, A.; Saavedra-Roa, A.; Niebles-Charris, J.; García-Roncallo, P.; Marchal-Bertrand, L.; Espada, J.P.; Vallejo-Medina, P. Psychometric Properties of the Colombian Version of the HIV Attitudes Scale for Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4686.

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