Objective: To assess the reliability and validity of the Dutch version of the Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale (ESES) in persons with spinal cord injury. This is the first independent study of ESES psychometric properties, and the first report on ESES test-retest reliability. Subjects/patients: A total of 53 Dutch persons with spinal cord injury. Methods: Subjects completed the Dutch ESES twice, with 2 weeks between (ESES_1 and ESES_2). Subjects also completed the General Self-Efficacy scale (GSE), and a questionnaire regarding demographic characteristics and lesion characteristics. Psychometric properties of the Dutch translation of the ESES were assessed and compared with those of the original English-language version. Results: The Dutch ESES was found to have good internal consistency (Cronbach's α for ESES_1 = 0.90, ESES_2 = 0.88). Test-retest reliability was adequate (intra-class correlation coefficient = 0.81, 95% confidence interval 0.70-0.89). For validity, a moderate, statistically significant correlation was found between ESES and the GSE (Spearman's ρ ESES_1 = 0.52, ESES_2 = 0.66, p < 0.01). Furthermore, the psychometric properties of the Dutch ESES were found to be similar to those of the original English version. Conclusion: The results of this study support the use of the ESES as a reliable and valid measure of exercise self-efficacy.

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doi.org/10.2340/16501977-1112, hdl.handle.net/1765/39327
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Nooijen, C., Post, M., Spijkerman, D., Bergen, M., Stam, H., & van den Berg-Emons, R. (2013). Exercise self-efficacy in persons with spinal cord injury: psychometric properties of the Dutch translation of the Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 45(4), 347–350. doi:10.2340/16501977-1112