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Factorial Validity of the Perceived Empathic and Social Self-Efficacy Scale for Adults with Serious Mental Illness: A Brief Report

  • Jennifer Sánchez (a1), Joseph S. Pfaller (a2), Kanako Iwanaga (a2), Fong Chan (a2), Connie Sung (a3), Jill L. Bezyak (a4) and Shu-Mei Chen (a5)...

The objectives of this study were (1) to evaluate the measurement structure of the Perceived Empathic and Social Self-Efficacy Scale amongst 194 individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and (2) to establish construct validity for the Perceived Empathic and Social Self-Efficacy Scale. Confirmatory factor analysis yielded a two-factor measurement structure of the Perceived Empathic and Social Self-Efficacy Scale, which was positively associated with insight, social support, and life satisfaction. The Perceived Empathic and Social Self-Efficacy Scale is a useful measure to assess social skills amongst individuals with SMI in rehabilitation counselling.

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Address for correspondence: Jennifer Sánchez, Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA E-mail:
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