the translation and cultural adaptation of the Management of Aggression and Violence Attitude Scale – MAVAS – for nurses in Brazil

Marcos Hirata Soares Divane de Vargas About the authors

This study translated and culturally adapted the Management of Aggression and Violence Attitude Scale – MAVAS – for use in Brazil (BR). The methodology followed the international guidelines for the cultural adaptation of psychometric scales: conceptual equivalence, semantic equivalence, items equivalence, and operational equivalence. A group of judges performed a content validity analysis that resulted in a 23-item scale divided into four factors with satisfactory content validity coefficients (CVCs) for the following parameters: clarity of language (CL; 0.88), practical relevance (PR; 0.91), and theoretical relevance (TR; 0.92). The data were collected in Londrina, state of Paraná, BR in 2011. The MAVAS was translated and culturally adapted for use in BR, and the MAVAS-BR exhibited satisfactory content validity. Future studies concerning the MAVAS-BR are suggested, including the evaluation of psychometric qualities, such as its construct validity and reliability.

Psychiatric nursing; Scales; Aggression; Validation studies


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