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  1. C Covener1
  1. 1Department of Pediatric Nursing, Marmara University College of Nursing, Istanbul, Turkey


Objectives Research was planned to test the Turkish validity and reliability of “Diabetes Problem Solving Measure for Adolescents (DPSMA)” in adolescents with type 1 diabetes ages 13 to 17 years.

Methods The scope of the research was the registered adolescents with type 1 diabetes ages 13 to 17 years in pediatric endocrinology departments of a university hospital and a state hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. The sample were 145 adolescents who were suitable for the eligibility criteria as follows: diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, ages 13 to 17 years, came to hospital for routine clinic appointment, not hospitalized during the data collection, did not used insulin glargine, and were willing to participate in the research. The measure was translated into Turkish and then translated back into English, and pilot tested to linguistic equivalence. Cronbach’s alpha was calculated for the reliability and asked for the opinions of 12 experts for the content validity. After then according to the recommendations measure as rearranged. Permission from the ethics committee and hospitals in which the research was done. Data were analyzed using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) version 10.0.

Results Total mean score provided from DPSMA was 29.16±3.99 (16 to 34). Cronbach’s alpha was 0.71 for the English version and 0.73 for the Turkish version.

Conclusions DPSMA had good validity and reliability. This measure can be used to determine the area needed to be improved in problem solving skills in adolescents with type 1 diabetes in Turkey.

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