Febrile convulsions: Development and validation of a questionnaire to measure parental knowledge, attitudes, concerns, and practice

Mei Chih Huang, Chao Ching Huang, Karen Thomas

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Background: The best medicine for febrile convulsions (FCs) is not prescription medications but effective communication of related information to parents. Therefore, a quick assessment tool for obtaining information about parental responses to FCs is essential for educating parents, clinical practice and research. This paper describes the development and psychometric testing of a questionnaire on parental knowledge, attitudes, concerns and practices (KACP) toward FC. Methods: Questionnaire items were created via literature review, interview, and expert consultation. Ten parents were interviewed to develop the questionnaire contents. Nine experts and seven parents were consulted to review the content and face validity of the questionnaire. Of the 326 parents of children with FC visiting 11 emergency departments in southern Taiwan, 216 parents completed the questionnaire, and 64 completed the questionnaire again 2 weeks later. Content validity, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and item analysis were evaluated. Results: Cronbach's alpha exceeded 0.72 for the knowledge, attitudes and concerns domains. The item-total correlations in the knowledge and concerns domains ranged from 0.40 to 0.73, but were lower in the attitudes domain (only 4 in 10 items were within 0.40-0.70). The intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) for the test-retest reliability of the knowledge, attitudes and concerns domains were 0.65, 0.68 and 0.58, respectively. The correlation coefficients between KACP domains were tested and significantly supported the theoretical basis of the questionnaire. Conclusion: For research purposes, the KACP questionnaire measures parental responses with a moderate level of reliability and validity. Cross-cultural investigation of the questionnaire is needed to facilitate its use in other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes
  • Concerns
  • Febrile convulsion
  • Instrument
  • Knowledge
  • Parental responses
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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