A theory-based reproductive health and diabetes instrument

Am J Health Behav. Mar-Apr 2006;30(2):208-20. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.2.208.


Objectives: To determine psychometric properties of scales within the theoretically based Reproductive Health Attitudes and Behavior (RHAB) instrument for examining preconception planning of young women with diabetes. Scales represented constructs from 3 social cognition models that can influence reproductive health behavior.

Methods: Psychometrics were examined on data from a telephone interview on this 48-item instrument using a sample of 87 female adolescents with diabetes from 4 medical centers.

Results: Overall, the major factors (scales) clustered according to theoretical underpinning. Most Cronbach alphas were moderate (.60-.83).

Conclusions: RHAB appears to have acceptable levels of validity/reliability for use with female adolescents with diabetes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Psychological Theory*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Reproductive Medicine*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*