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Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Sep;61(9):933-6. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.61.9.933.

Validating the empowerment scale with a multisite sample of consumers of mental health services.

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  • 1Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA. erogers@bu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Empowerment is a key aspect of recovery and a common term in the mental health field, but there are few consistent definitions or validated measures of the construct. This study conducted psychometric testing on the Empowerment Scale, a widely used measure in the field.

METHODS:

As part of the Consumer-Operated Multi-Site study funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, consumers with a psychiatric disability were administered the Empowerment Scale along with several other scales to measure clinical status and psychosocial factors.

RESULTS:

Analyses produced five factors with acceptable fit statistics. The total scale demonstrated excellent reliability and validity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Analyses provide additional evidence that the total Empowerment Scale score is a reliable, valid measure; subscales of the scale appear less robust. Empowerment is considered an essential factor in recovery-oriented programs and systems, and the use of psychometrically sound measures such as the Empowerment Scale therefore may be useful to evaluators.

PMID:
20810594
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