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The development of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Attitudes Test. A psychometric analysis

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www.ProHealth.com • December 5, 1999


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is characterized by debilitating
symptoms including persistent or relapsing fatigue. As a
result of CFS, some individuals experience significant stigma
that is attached to this illness. Many medical professionals
are skeptical of the validity of the illness, and employers
often fail to appreciate the seriousness of the symptoms.

Although negative attitudes greatly affect the lives of
individuals with CFS, there is presently no measurement of
attitudes toward this illness and people who have CFS. The
purpose of the present studies was to create a scale that
measures attitudes toward individuals with CFS--the Chronic
Fatigue Attitudes Test (CAT)--and to assess the scale's
reliability and validity. The 13-item scale was created using
several constructs outlined in the literature regarding
negative attitudes toward people with CFS, disabilities, and
AIDS. Theoretical implications of the findings and the utility
of the CAT are discussed.

Shlaes JL, Jason LA, Ferrari JR




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