Vanderbilt Mental Health Self Efficacy Questionnaire
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The Vanderbilt Mental Health Self Efficacy Questionnaire was
developed and used by Bickman and his colleagues (1991) as part
of the Family Empowerment Project. The measure consists of 25 Likert
scale items measuring parents' self efficacy beliefs and behavioral
expectations about obtaining and participating in mental health
treatment for their children. Self efficacy is a parent's assessment
of his or her ability to meet a desired goal. Parents rate each
item from strongly agree (1) to strongly disagree (5). Whether or
not parents receive this measure depended on their responses in
the Service Assessment for Children and Adolescents (SACA) measure.
The VMHSEQ is only administered if a parent reported in the SACA
that their child received services from a list of facilities/providers
In year 11/grade10, this measure was erroneously given to all parents
in cohort 1, regardless of their responses to the SACA questions.
The analyses in this report, however, only include the parents who
were supposed to be given the VHMSEQ measure.
Following the procedure developed by Bickman and his colleagues
(1998), the 25 items in this measure are combined to create one
scale capturing a parent's self efficacy regarding mental health
services for their child. The 25 Likert items are summed together
after the values for several of the items are reversed such that
higher values indicate higher levels of self efficacy.
The Mental Health Self Efficacy Scale has high reliability and
has a normal distribution when the one outlier with a value of 37
is excluded from the sample. See Bickman, Heflinger, Northrup, Sonnichsen,
& Schilling (1998) for an example of its use.
Keywords: Mental Health Treatment, Service Quality, Parental Involvement
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03 March 2004