Validity and Reliability of the Turkish Male Andropause Symptoms Self-Assessment Questionnaire


Çetin A. M., Baylan B., Imamoglu M. A., AKBAYRAK T.

Journal of Mid-Life Health, vol.14, no.1, pp.21-27, 2023 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.4103/jmh.jmh_196_22
  • Journal Name: Journal of Mid-Life Health
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.21-27
  • Keywords: Andropause, questionnaire, reliability, validity
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Objective: This study was planned to examine the validity and reliability of the Turkish version of the Male Andropause Symptoms Self-Assessment Questionnaire (MASS-Q). Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty-five men with a mean age of 54.24 ± 6.51 years participated in the study. First, participants' demographic data were recorded. Then, the MASS-Q was adapted to Turkish. The assess the reliability and validity of the Turkish MASS-Q, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and criterion validity analyses were administered. For the reliability test, the scale was readministered 1 week later. Test-retest reliability was examined with the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). Internal consistency was defined by Cronbach's alpha. Regarding the validity analysis, content validity was determined according to expert opinions. For criterion validity, the Aging Male Symptoms-Questionnaire (AMS-Q) was used. Results: According to the results of the analysis, the ICC values between the test-retest scores of the total and subdimensions (sexual, somatic, psychic, and behavior) of the MASS-Q were found to be 0.987, 0.939, 0.973, 0.951, and 0.887, respectively (P < 0.05). Cronbach's alpha values of the total and subdimensions (sexual, somatic, psychic, and behavior) of the MASS-Q were calculated as 0.924, 0.870, 0.747, 0.865, and 0.667, respectively. According to the ICC values obtained, it was found that the MASS-Q had a high degree of reliability. According to the internal consistency results, the sexual and psychic subdimensions were found to be quite reliable, whereas the somatic and behavioral subdimensions were found to be sufficiently reliable. According to the criterion validity results, a very high and high correlations were found between the AMS-Q scores and the MASS-Q scores (r = 0.636-0.938, P = 0.001) Conclusion: As a result, it was determined that the Turkish version of the MASS-Q is a valid and reliable scale that can be used in Turkish men.