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Alicandú-Rios , M.-C., López-León, S., Redondo-Altahona, L.-S., Nieto-Godoy, S., Rodríguez-Aperador, L.-J., & Riveros Munévar, F. (2024). Design and Validation of the Attitudes Towards Mental Health Helplines Scale (ATMHHS) for the Adult Colombian Population. International Journal of Psychological Research, 17(1), 82–96.
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The objective of this instrumental study was to design and validate the Attitudes towards Mental Health Helplines Scale for Latin America.
A specification table was created to develop the instrument and an evaluation by 7 expert judges from different parts of Latin America was performed. This study had a sample of 503 Colombian participants with a mean age of 29 years. To measure validity and reliability, an exploratory
factorial analysis, reliability, and Pearson correlational coefficient analysis were made. The results showed satisfactory charges, levels, and correlations and, after dropping 3 items, 23 items distributed on 3 categories and
factors were left: Service’s effectiveness, Help reception and accessibility. This evidence, based on content and internal structure, shows elevated levels of reliability and validity. This data suggests that the application of this scale will be informative about the variable measured on Colombian samples, as well as further analysis is pertinent for its complete adaptation to the rest of Latin America.



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