Using cognitive interviews to improve a Psychological-Social-Spiritual Healing instrument: Voices of aging African Americans with serious illness

Heather Coats, Anne G. Rosenfeld, Janice D. Crist, Esther Sternberg, Ann Berger

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Abstract

Aim The purpose of this study was to contribute to content validity, by providing input into the linguistic and pragmatic validities, of a 53 item Psychological-Social-Spiritual Healing instrument. Background Discovery of cultural values and beliefs from African American elders’ experiences of illness provides insight for development of more culturally sensitive instruments. Methods Through an exploratory descriptive design, this study used cognitive interviewing methods to examine linguistic and pragmatic validity of the Psychological-Social-Spiritual Healing instrument, from the perspectives of aging seriously ill AAs. Participants were recruited from urban Jackson, MS from community settings from October 2014 to January 2015. With a purposefully chosen sample of seriously ill African Americans elders (N = 15), and using the method of cognitive interviewing, responses related to cultural relevance, clarity and meaning of the 53 items of the instrument were collected. This in-depth query of items was accomplished through the use of both verbal probing and think aloud methods of cognitive interviewing. Results Thirty-seven items were retained. Eight items were revised. Eight items were deleted. Conclusions From the expert input of seriously ill African American elders, a systematic decision-making process of item retention, revision or deletion led to the development of a more culturally sensitive Psychological-Social-Spiritual Healing instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-114
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Volume39
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • African American
  • Cognitive interviewing methodology
  • Instrument development
  • Psychological-social-spiritual healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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