Psychometric Findings for a Spanish Translation of the Diabetes Self-Management Profile (DSMP-Parent-Sp)

  1. Jessica M. Valenzuela, PHD1,
  2. Michelle Castro Fernandez, MSED2,
  3. Olivia Hsin, MS3,
  4. Michael A. Harris, PHD4,
  5. Cortney Taylor, MS3,
  6. Annette M. La Greca, PHD3 and
  7. Alan M. Delamater, PHD5
  1. 1Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio;
  2. 2Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, University of Miami, Miami, Florida;
  3. 3Department of Psychology, University of Miami, Miami, Florida;
  4. 4Department of Pediatrics, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon;
  5. 5Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
  1. Corresponding author: Jessica M. Valenzuela, jessica.valenzuela{at}


OBJECTIVE Few validated measures exist to evaluate self-management of diabetes in families with limited English proficiency. The present study evaluated the psychometric properties and the factorial equivalence of a Spanish translation of the parent report version of the Diabetes Self-Management Profile (DSMP-Parent-Sp).

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Hispanic families of youth (mean 13.7 years old) with type 1 diabetes were recruited from three clinics in South Florida and represented a wide range of nationalities and acculturation levels. A total of 127 parents reported on their child's self-management behaviors using either the original DSMP-Parent (59.8%) or the DSMP-Parent-Sp (40.2%). In addition, youth reported their self-management using the original DSMP in English, and physicians rated their perceptions of the youth's self-management. Glycemic control was indexed by A1C in the past 3 months and collected from medical chart review.

RESULTS Item analysis confirmed that the DSMP-Parent-Sp items related to the overall composite score in expected ways, and internal consistency estimates were adequate. Paired correlations demonstrated strong parent-child concordance and a significant relationship with physician perceptions of self-management. Evidence of concurrent and convergent validity, as well as “strict factorial invariance,” was demonstrated.

CONCLUSIONS These preliminary findings indicate that the DSMP-Parent-Sp is a reliable and valid parent report measure of the diabetes self-management behaviors of Hispanic youths. In addition, there is preliminary evidence that the translated measure may be considered equivalent to the original English measure when used to measure self-management in Hispanic youth with diabetes.


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    • Received May 7, 2009.
    • Accepted September 23, 2009.
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