Poster Presentation

Monday, November 5, 2007
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Monday, November 5, 2007
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
This presentation is part of : Scientific Posters
Cross-Cultural Equivalence and Psychometric Properties of the Brazilian Version of the Attentional Function Index
EdinÍis de Brito Guirardello, RN, PhD, Nursing Department, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil and Carla Klava Reis, RN, Nursing Department, State University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil.
Learning Objective #1: An enhanced understanding of the process involved in validation studies
Learning Objective #2: Describe the methodological procedures for cross-cultural validity

Purpose: To describe the cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric properties of the Attentional Function Index (AFI) into Brazilian culture.
Methods: The AFI, developed by Cimprich (1992), measures perceived effectiveness in purposeful activity requiring attention, through a self-rating scale with 16 items. The process of cultural adaptation was based on a standardized guideline internationally recognized, which involves the following steps: translation of the instrument to the Portuguese language; back-translation, committee review and testing the pre-final version. The final version of the instrument was evaluated by its psychometrics properties: reliability and validity in a sample of 138 undergraduate nurses` student from a public university in the state of São Paulo. The reliability of the instrument was evaluated through the internal consistency and test-retest of the instrument. For the validity, it was used the convergent validity through the Portuguese version of the Profile of Mood States (POMS).

 Results: The findings suggested that the translation of the AFI and initial estimates of internal consistency and construct validity were adequate. The data resulted in high internal consistency score with a Crombach`s alpha reliability of 0.89 and the intraclass correlation coefficient for test-retest reliability was 0.81. In relation to the validity of the instrument, it resulted in one moderate negative correlation (r= -0.64, p< .0001) for convergent validity with the POMS.

 Conclusions: The results indicated that the cross cultural adaptation process were satisfactory, demonstrating that the Brazilian version of the attentional function index can be used to measure the person` perception of effectiveness in activities requiring direct attention. Further psychometric testing of the Brazilian version of the AFI with other populations is recommended.