Industrial Psychiatry Journal

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47--50

Development of the Indian scale of the fear of COVID-19


Neha Sayeed, Sneha Patel, Sneha Das 
 Department of Clinical Psychology, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Neha Sayeed
Department of Clinical Psychology, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand
India

Background: The first human case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19, subsequently named SARS-CoV-2 was reported by the officials in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019. In India, on January 31, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was reported. Materials and Methods: The Indian scale of fear related to COVID-19 (ISF-C19) Scale was developed in Hindi and was rated by two raters. Then, it was applied on twenty individuals (ten males and ten females) as a pilot study. The study had been conducted in Eastern India, in the state of Jharkhand. ISF-C19 was completed by 118 participants (females – 75; males – 43), aged 18 years or older from the community, and the subjective well-being was assessed. The psychometric properties of this instrument were investigated. Safety measures (i.e., mask, maintaining distance, gloves, and sanitizers) were taken throughout the data collection period. Results: Findings suggested that this scale has adequate sampling, adequate interitem reliability coefficient, and higher overall scores on the ISF-C19 indicated more severe fear related to COVID-19. Conclusion: In light of the current scenario of the emerging cases in India, there is an urgent need to develop a scale related to COVID-19 as there is no published Indian standardized scale before this recent outbreak of pandemic. Considering the current scenario, this scale is useful to assess the fear related to COVID-19.


How to cite this article:
Sayeed N, Patel S, Das S. Development of the Indian scale of the fear of COVID-19.Ind Psychiatry J 2020;29:47-50


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Sayeed N, Patel S, Das S. Development of the Indian scale of the fear of COVID-19. Ind Psychiatry J [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Apr 21 ];29:47-50
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