ERIC Number: EJ1125733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices with Children Self-Efficacy Scale: Development and Preliminary Findings
McMeel, Lorri S.; Leathers, Sonya J.; Strand, Tonya C.
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n1 p3-17 2017
This article reviews existing measures related to evidence-based practices with children and self-efficacy and describes the development and psychometric properties of the Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices With Children Efficacy Scale. This scale was developed to assess students' and clinicians' self-efficacy in their abilities to use evidence-based practices with children. Pre- and posttests were compared for five cohorts of master's of social work students enrolled in a child and adolescent mental health course. Results provide initial support for the psychometric properties of this scale. Exploratory factor analysis results support retaining all items, and internal consistency of the scale was excellent. Results also provide support for criterion-related validity, with knowledge predicting an increase in self-efficacy. Implications and uses of the scale are discussed.
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Self Efficacy, Child Development, Test Construction, Psychometrics, Pretests Posttests, Graduate Students, Social Work, Children, Adolescents, Mental Health, Factor Analysis, Test Validity, Questionnaires, Knowledge Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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