Background: The Intentional Relationship Model conceptualizes the therapeutic use of self
within occupational therapy. To increase motivation for and success in establishing
therapeutic relationships, therapists need self-efficacy for using the self in therapeutic
practice. However, attempts to combine this model with self-efficacy theory are rare, and
instruments by which to measure self-efficacy for therapeutic use of self are in a developing
Aim: This study aimed to examine the factor structure and internal consistency of the
Norwegian Self-efficacy for recognizing interpersonal characteristics (N-SERIC).
Methods: Occupational therapy students (n = 100) from two education programs completed
the instrument along with sociodemographic information. The factor structure was examined
with Principal Components Analysis (PCA), and internal consistency was assessed with
Cronbach’s α and inter-item correlations.
Results: The PCA revealed that all N-SERIC items belonged to the same latent factor, with
factor loadings ranging between 0.75 and 0.89. The internal consistency of the scale items
was very high (Cronbach’s α = 0.96).
Conclusions: The N-SERIC scale is unidimensional and the items have very high internal
consistency. Thus, the scale sum score can be useful for occupational therapy research and
audits focusing on interpersonal aspects of practice.
Ritter, VCYazdani, F
Carstensen, TThorrisen, MMBonsaksen, T
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences\Department of Sport and Health Sciences
Year of publication: 2018Date of RADAR deposit: 2017-07-03