Development and psychometric testing of the nurses' attitudes toward obesity and obese patients (NATOOPS) scale†
Version of Record online: 10 JUL 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 31, Issue 6, pages 586–593, December 2008
How to Cite
Watson, L., Oberle, K. and Deutscher, D. (2008), Development and psychometric testing of the nurses' attitudes toward obesity and obese patients (NATOOPS) scale. Res. Nurs. Health, 31: 586–593. doi: 10.1002/nur.20292
We would like to thank the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, for providing the Dean's Endowment Fund grant that supported this research.
- Issue online: 13 NOV 2008
- Version of Record online: 10 JUL 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAY 2008
- scale development;
- attitude measurement
This study was designed to develop and test an instrument to measure nurses' attitudes towards obesity and obese adult patients. Items were based on an earlier version of the instrument, obesity discrimination research, and clinical experience. After content validation of items, the instrument was sent to 1,400 randomly selected Registered Nurses. Factor analysis yielded a 5-factor solution, with 36 items reaching loadings of .4 or greater. Cronbach's alpha was .81 for the reduced scale, with a range of .45 to .79 on the five factors. Construct validity was supported by significant differences between contrast groups on three factors and consistency with underlying theory. Overall the instrument demonstrated acceptable psychometric properties and could be used in future research. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 31:586–593, 2008