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The risk-taking and self-harm inventory for adolescents: Development and psychometric evaluation

Vrouva, I., Fonagy, P., Fearon, P. R. M. and Roussow, T. (2010) The risk-taking and self-harm inventory for adolescents: Development and psychometric evaluation. Psychological Assessment: A Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 22 (4). pp. 852-865. ISSN 1040-3590

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In this study, we report on the development and psychometric evaluation of the Risk-Taking (RT) and Self-Harm (SH) Inventory for Adolescents (RTSHIA), a self-report measure designed to assess adolescent RT and SH in community and clinical settings. 651 young people from secondary schools in England ranging in age from 11.6 years to 18.7 years and 71 young people referred to mental health services for SH behavior in London between the ages of 11.9 years and 17.5 years completed the RTSHIA along with standardized measures of adolescent psychopathology. Two factors emerged from the principal axis factoring, and RT and SH were further validated by a confirmatory factor analysis as related, but different, constructs, rather than elements of a single continuum. Inter-item and test–retest reliabilities were high for both components (Cronbach's α = .85, rtt = .90; Cronbach's α .93, rtt = .87), and considerable evidence emerged in support of the measure's convergent, concurrent, and divergent validity. The findings are discussed with regard to potential usefulness of the RTSHIA for research and clinical purposes with adolescents.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:17507
Uncontrolled Keywords:risk-taking; self-harm; adolescence; screening measure; psychometric evaluation
Publisher:American Psychological Association
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