Background: The burden due to chronic disease is constantly increasing among the Nepalese population however adoption and maintenance of general health promoting behaviors is often an ignored concept. The availability of a valid and reliable tool for measuring perceived health competence for general health behaviors is crucial for planning preventive and promotive care.
Objective: This paper describes the translation and validation of the Nepalese version of Perceived Health Competence Scale.
Method: The study sample consisted of Nepalese adults living and working in South Korea. The instrument was first translated using the standard forward and backward translation method. Principal component analysis with varimax rotation and validity and reliability testing were carried out.
Results: Principal component analysis showed a two factor structure and explained a variance of 53.8%. The Cronbachs alpha was 0.71. Perceived health competence showed a positive significant correlation with perceived health status and health promoting lifestyle profile.
Conclusion: The Nepalese version of the Perceived Health Competence Scale showed adequate reliability and validity and is considered a suitable tool measure perceived self-efficacy among the Nepalese adult population.
Cite this article:
Pratibha Bhandari . Translation and Validation of the Nepalese Version of Perceived Health Competence Scale. Asian J. Nur. Edu. and Research 4(4): Oct.- Dec., 2014; Page 492-494.