Mindfulness and self-care are constructs associated with the improvement of quality of life and mental health. The Mindful Self-Care Scale (MSCS) is a self-report scale aimed at assessing the frequency of self-care behaviors.
The current study aimed to translate, adapt, and study the psychometric properties of the MSCS for the Portuguese population.
Confirmatory Factor Analyses (CFAs) were carried out in a sample of 426 adults between 18 and 86 years old.
After eliminating items with poor factor loadings (λij ≥ .3), the CFA confirmed the 6-factor model originally proposed by the authors of the MSCS. The MSCS also showed good psychometric properties, with good internal consistency, convergent and divergent validity, and predictive capacity.
The MSCS is a psychometrically sound and useful instrument to assess the self-care behaviors in Portuguese speakers, with the potential to improve our understanding of self-care and to supporting the intervention, mainly in clinical contexts.
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