Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Application of „The Parental Belief Scale for Parents of Hospitalized Children” questionnaire in Hungarian language]


OCTOBER 30, 2014

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2014;27(05)

[Aim of the study: Beliefs about parental role and efficacy was shown to be important in adaptation to child’s hospitalization; there is a lack of adequate measure of this construct, however. Our aim was the evaluation of the Hungarian version of The Parental Belief Scale for Parents of Hospitalized Children (PBS; Melnyk, 1994) assessing parents’ beliefs about their ability to understand and predict their children’s behaviours and emotions, as well as to participate in their children’s care during hospitalization. Sample and methods: The Hungarian version of the PBS was evaluated using a back-translation process. One hundred parents of hospitalized children in Heim Pál Children’s Hospital, Department of Surgery and Traumatology fulfilled the measure along with questionnaires regarding demographics, general parental self-efficacy and state-anxiety. Results: The Hungarian version of the PBS showed excellent internal consistency (α=0,94), and good stability (r=0,85 p<0,001). A significant positive correlation of medium effect size was found between PBS scores and general parental self-efficacy (r=0,30 p=0,025). Parent’s state anxiety was significantly negatively related to their self-efficacy beliefs regarding hospital setting (r=-0,48 p<0,001). Conclusion: The Hungarian version of the PBS was shown to be a reliable and valid instrument for measuring efficacy-beliefs of parents of hospitalized children.]


  1. Heim Pál Gyermekkórház és Rendelőintézet, Mentálhigiéniai Központ
  2. Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, PPK, Pszichológiai Intézet, Fejlődés- és Klinikai Gyermekpszichológia Tanszék
  3. Semmelweis Egyetem ÁOK, Klinikai Pszichológia Tanszék



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