Development and initial validation of the medical fear survey-short version.

@article{Olatunji2012DevelopmentAI,
  title={Development and initial validation of the medical fear survey-short version.},
  author={Bunmi O. Olatunji and Chad Ebesutani and Craig N. Sawchuk and Dean McKay and Jeffrey M. Lohr and Ronald A Kleinknecht},
  journal={Assessment},
  year={2012},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={318-36}
}
The present investigation employs item response theory (IRT) to develop an abbreviated medical fear survey (MFS). Application of IRT analyses in study 1 (n = 931) to the original 50-item MFS resulted in a 25-item shortened version. Examination of the location parameters also resulted in a reduction of the Likert-type scaling of the MFS by removing the last response category ("terror"). The five subscales of the original MFS were highly correlated with those of the MFS-short version. The short… CONTINUE READING