Psychometric evidence of a brief version of the Coping Humor Scale in elderly peruvians

Tomás Caycho-Rodríguez, Mario Reyes-Bossio, José Ventura-León, Walter L. Arias Gallegos, Julio Domínguez-Vergara, Karla Azabache-Alvarado

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Introduction: Humour plays an important role in promoting successful and healthy aging. However, its scientific study is still limited, partly due to the absence of validated tools for use in Latin America. The objective of this study was to translate the 5-item Coping with Humor Scale (CHS-5) from English to Spanish and examine the evidence of reliability and validity based on the internal, convergent, and discriminant structure of the Peruvian version of the scale. Materials and method: The participants were 236 elderly Peruvian adults (78.4% A confirmatory factor analysis, analysis of correlation (r), and reliability (α, Cronbach's alpha and ω, omega) was performed. Results: The one-dimensional model presented an adequate fit of the data (χ2 = 7.72, df =5, P=.17, χ2 / df = 1.54, GFI = 0.988, CFI = 0.996, NFI = 0.988, RMSEA =0. 048 [95% CI; 0.000-0.111]; and SRMR = 0.016). The reliability indexes were adequate (α= 0.86 [95% CI: 0.82-0.89] and ω = 0.89 [95% CI: 0.87-0.91]). A positive correlation was observed between the mean score of CHS-5 and satisfaction with life, and was negative with depression. Conclusions: The CHS-5 has excellent psychometric properties, being a measure that provides valid and reliable interpretations to be used in elderly Peruvians with depression.

Translated title of the contributionEvidencias psicométricas de una versión breve de la Coping Humor Scale en adultos mayores peruanos
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Espanola de Geriatria y Gerontologia
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019


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