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Psychometric properties of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy-Health Professional Student's version: An Italian validation study with nursing students
Department of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy.
Department of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden. (Youth & Society)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5214-9921
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland (UK).
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2015 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 17, no 4, 483-491 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This methodological study was conducted to test the psychometric properties of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy-Health Professional Student's version (JSE-HPS), in a convenience sample of 797 Italian nursing students and to describe their empathic engagement. Data were subjected to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, test-retest, correlation analysis, t-test, and analysis of variance method. Principal component factor extraction with Oblimin rotation on the first half of the sample was conducted. The analysis suggested a three-factor solution for 14 items: compassionate care/emotional engagement, perspective-taking, and standing in the patient's shoes. Confirmatory factor analysis on the second half of the sample showed good fit indexes for the 14-item solution, indicated by the exploratory factor analysis, and the 20 item solution of the scale, with the exception of one item. Test-retest correlation was 0.50 (P<0.001) for the overall scale. Results from group comparisons and correlations are also provided and discussed. The Italian version of the JSE-HPS is a psychometrically sound tool. The translated 20-item solution is also suitable to carry out cross-cultural comparisons.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 17, no 4, 483-491 p.
Keyword [en]
empathy, instrument development, Jefferson Scale of Empathy, nursing students, undergraduate nursing, Italy
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Psychology Nursing
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Psychology; Caring sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43467DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12221ISI: 000363323500011PubMedID: 26152612Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84944146429OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43467DiVA: diva2:793991
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2015-11-17Bibliographically approved

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