Reliability and validity of the Hindi version of Falls Efficacy Scale – International (FES-I) among older adults in Alberta

  • Author / Creator
    Arora, Pranshu
  • Background: The Falls Efficacy Scale – International (FES–I) is a questionnaire developed to measure fear of falling by assessing an individual’s confidence in performing basic and complex activities. The validity and reliability of the FES-I has been determined for various versions in different languages and across cultural settings. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of
    a Hindi version of the FES–I for use with older adults residing in Alberta, Canada. Methods: A sample of 23 Hindi speaking older adults, aged 60 years and older was recruited. Participants were administered the FES–I (Hindi) during a structured interview, along with the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and Timed Up and
    Go test (TUG). To assess test-retest reliability the scale was administered again after approximately two weeks from the initial interview. Internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the scale was evaluated using Cronbach’s alpha coefficient and Intra-class correlation coefficient, respectively. The FES–I
    (Hindi) was correlated with the functional measures (BBS and TUG) to examine construct validity using Spearman correlation coefficient. FESI-I (Hindi) scores of this study were compared to those of the
    original FES–I (English) study by age, gender, occupational status and history of falls. Independent t-test was used to compare differences in mean FES–I (Hindi) scores among participants of this study by the four demographic characteristics. Findings: The internal consistency and test-retest reliability of FES–I (Hindi) were significant: α = 0.831 (p = 0.000) and ICC = 0.894 (p = 0.000) (95% CI = 0.768 – 0.954),
    respectively. Spearman`s correlation coefficients between FES–I (Hindi) and Berg Balance Scale (BBS), and between FES–I and Timed Up and Go test (TUG), were significant: ρ = - 0.827 and ρ = 0.691 (p < 0.0001), respectively. There was significant difference in FES-I (Hindi) mean scores between participants by occupational status, t (21) = - 1.63 (p = 0.014), however, differences by age, gender and history of falls were not statistically significant (p > 0.05). Conclusion: FES–I (Hindi) was a reliable and valid measure of fear of falling among Hindi speaking participants in this study.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2015
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Rehabilitation Science - Occupational Therapy
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • King, Sharla (Educational Psychology)
    • Freund, Rosalie (External)
    • Roberts, Mary Roduta (Occupational Therapy)