Developmental and Psychometric Properties of a Belief-based Reproductive Health Behavior Questionnaire for Female Adolescents

  • Fatemeh DARABI Dept. of Public Health, Asadabad School of Medical Sciences, Asadabad, Iran
  • Mehdi YASERI Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Hossein SAFARI Dept. of Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mohammad Hossein KAVEH Dept. of Health Education and Health Promotion, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  • Farideh KHALAJ ABADI FARAHANI Dept. of Population, Health and Family Planning, National Institute for Population Research, Tehran, Iran
  • Davoud SHOJAEIZADEH Dept. of Education Health and Promotion Health, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: Psychometric, Questionnaire, Reliability, Validity, Reproductive health, Adolescent


Abstract Background: The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate the psychometric properties of a questionnaire for the measurement of reproductive health among female adolescents in Iran. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 289 female students aged 12-15 yr in Tehran, Iran from 2015-2016. The participants were selected using multi-stage random cluster sampling. In addition, the Belief-Based Reproductive Health Questionnaire (BBRHQ) was designed using the properties of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). Results: Exploratory factor analysis of 104 items identified a six-factor solution. These factors jointly accounted for 67% of the observed variance of outcome variable. The confirmatory factor analysis indicated a good fit to the data. In addition, the Cronbach’s alpha coefficient showed an excellent internal consistency (alpha=0.92). Conclusion: Belief-Based Reproductive Health Questionnaire (BBRHQ) is a valid and reliable instrument for measurement of reproductive health behaviors of adolescents.    


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DARABI F, YASERI M, SAFARI H, KAVEH MH, KHALAJ ABADI FARAHANI F, SHOJAEIZADEH D. Developmental and Psychometric Properties of a Belief-based Reproductive Health Behavior Questionnaire for Female Adolescents. IJPH. 47(8):1192-200.
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