Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer (Mini-MAC) scale

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Author(s)

  • Samuel M.Y. Ho
  • Wong Kam Fung
  • Cecilia L.W. Chan
  • Maggie Watson
  • Yenny K.Y. Tsui

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-556
Journal / PublicationPsycho-Oncology
Volume12
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The psychometric properties of a Chinese version of the Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer scale (Mini-MAC) were examined among 115 Chinese cancer patients in Hong Kong. The five subscales from the original Mini-MAC (Anxious Preoccupation, Helpless-Hopeless, Fighting Spirit, Fatalism, Cognitive Avoidance) had acceptable internal reliabilities (Cronbach's α ranged from 0.65 to 0.88) and construct validities in our sample. Factor analysis suggested three factors: (1) Negative Emotion (α = 0.91) contained items of the Anxious Preoccupation and the Helpless-Hopeless subscales of the original Mini-MAC, (2) Positive Attitude (α = 0.77) combined the Fighting Spirit and the Fatalism subscales of the original version, and (3) Cognitive Avoidance (α = 0.65) which was identical to the Cognitive Avoidance subscale of the original Mini-MAC. Construct validities of the novel factors were shown by their correlations with HADS Anxiety and Depression scores in the predicted directions. It was concluded that both the 5-factor model from the original Mini-MAC and the 3-factor model from the present study were valid in Hong Kong Chinese cancer patients. The results were discussed in terms of the meaning of the original Mini-MAC factors and cultural differences in coping functions between Chinese and UK cancer patients. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Citation Format(s)

Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer (Mini-MAC) scale. / Ho, Samuel M.Y.; Fung, Wong Kam; Chan, Cecilia L.W. et al.

In: Psycho-Oncology, Vol. 12, No. 6, 09.2003, p. 547-556.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review