Young women's representations of sexually transmitted diseases (RoSTD): A psychometric study†
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 15–29, February 2012
How to Cite
Royer, H. R., Heidrich, S. M. and Brown, R. L. (2012), Young women's representations of sexually transmitted diseases (RoSTD): A psychometric study. Res. Nurs. Health, 35: 15–29. doi: 10.1002/nur.21452
This research was financially supported in part by the National Institute of Nursing Research grants F31NR009580 and T32NR007102, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and the School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 OCT 2011
- health beliefs;
- women's health;
- instrument development;
- theory construction
Measurement of beliefs about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is important to understanding sexual health behaviors. The purpose of this study was to develop and test the psychometric properties of the Representations of STDs (RoSTD) Scale. The RoSTD was developed to measure young women's representations of STDs, and it is intended to be used to measure beliefs about any of the seven most common STDs. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated a four-factor structure for the 40-item RoSTD: Future Perspective, Cause, Psychosocial Consequence, and Identity. Internal consistency for the subscales (measured for each of seven different STDs) ranged from .67 to .93 and 2-week test–retest correlations ranged from .69 to .90. The RoSTD shows evidence of reliability and validity in young women. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:15–29, 2012