Assessment of the Opening Minds Scale for use with nursing students

Brenda Happell, Chris Platania-Phung, Brett Scholz, Julia Bocking, Aine Horgan, Fionnuala Manning, Rory Doody, Elisabeth Hals, Arild Granerud, Kornelis Jan van der Vaart, Jerry Allon, Mari Lahti, Jarmo Pulli, Annaliina Vatula, Heikki Ellilä, Martha Griffin, Siobhan Russell, Liam MacGabhann, Einar Bjornsson, Pall Biering

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Purpose: Evaluate the validity of the Opening Minds Scale (OMS) for nursing students via Rasch models and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Design and methods: Undergraduate nursing student responses to OMS (n = 423). Validity was evaluated via CFA and Rasch analysis. Findings: CFA results were strongest for a three-factor 13-item version of OMS. Rasch modeling supported sound properties for two of three scales. Internal reliabilities ranged between 0.6 and 0.7. Practice implications: OMS has potential as a valid measure for stigma research and antistigma program evaluation. Rasch analysis suggest it is inappropriate to use a total OMS score for nursing student populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-666
Number of pages6
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


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