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Toward the Development of the Cerebrovascular Attitudes and Beliefs Scale (CABS): A Measure of Stroke-Related Health Beliefs

Sullivan, Karen A. & Waugh, Deborah J. (2007) Toward the Development of the Cerebrovascular Attitudes and Beliefs Scale (CABS): A Measure of Stroke-Related Health Beliefs. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 14(3), pp. 41-51.

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Abstract

Purpose: To develop a measure of stroke-related health beliefs, derived from the Health Belief Model (HBM) and a measure of stroke risk factor behavior change. Method: The Cerebrovascular Attitudes and Beliefs Scale (CABS) was devised to assess survivors’ beliefs and attitudes about their susceptibility to future stroke, the perceived seriousness of stroke, and the likely benefits and barriers associated with undertaking behaviors to reduce stroke risk. A second measure, the Stroke Behavior Change Inventory (SBCI), as well as a version developed for relatives (SBCI-R), was devised to assess participants’ pre- and poststroke risk factor behavior. Results: Forty-two Stroke/TIA survivors accurately described behavior changes they had undertaken poststroke, when compared to relatives’ reports of such behavior (n = 7). Most survivors changed at least some behaviors poststroke to reduce their stroke risk. Further analysis to determine the role of health beliefs in predicting behavior change poststroke was undertaken, focusing on those behaviors that were changed in a large enough proportion of the sample. The beliefs most predictive of behavior change related to perceived stroke seriousness and severity, but the combination of beliefs from the HBM was not predictive of behavior change. Conclusion: After stroke or TIA, most survivors change their behavior in ways that would contribute to stroke risk reduction. Such effects can be demonstrated using survivor self-report or relatives’ report of survivors’ behaviors. Using the CABS, partial support for health belief variables as predictors of such behavior change was also identified, suggesting that further investigation of these variables is warranted.

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ID Code: 6620
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Access to the author-version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: ka.sullivan@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Karen Sullivan, cerebrovascular accident, Health Belief Model, health promotion, preventative health, stroke, neuropsychology
DOI: 10.1310/tsr1403-41
ISSN: 1074-9357
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Thomas Land Publishers
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:36

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