Reliability and validity of the Malay version of Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men (MVATL/MVATG)

A study on a group of medical students in Malaysia

Chong Guan Ng, Lee Khing Tan, Jesjeet Singh Gill, Ong Hui Koh, Stephen Jambunathan, Subash Kumar Pillai, Hatta Sidi

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Introduction: This study aims to examine the validity and reliability of the Malay version of Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men (MVATL/MVATG) among a group of medical students in Malaysia. Methods: It is a cross-sectional study of 173 medical students in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The participants were given the MVATL/MVATG, Index of Attitudes toward Homosexuals (IATH), Homosexuality Attitude Scale (HAS) and the English version of Attitude toward Lesbians and Gay Men. Two weeks later, these students were given the MVATLG again. Results: Significant correlation was found between the individual scores of MVATL and MVATG with IATH and HAS in the results. The scale was able to differentiate Muslim and Non-Muslim subjects. The internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) of both the MVATL and MVATG were good, at 0.76 and 0.82, respectively. The parallel form reliability (Pearson's correlation) of MVATL was 0.0.73 and 0.74 for MVATG. The test-retest reliability of MVATL/MVATG was good (Intraclass correlation coefficient, ICC=0.67 for MVATL and 0.60 for MVATG). Discussion: The MVATLG demonstrated good psychometric properties in measuring attitudes toward homosexuality among a group of medical students in Malaysia and it could be used as a simple instrument on young educated Malaysian adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-122
Number of pages5
JournalAsia-Pacific Psychiatry
Volume5
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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Medical Students
Reproducibility of Results
Homosexuality
Islam
Sexual Minorities
Psychometrics
Cross-Sectional Studies
Medicine
Students

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Gay men
  • Homosexuality
  • Lesbians
  • Malaysia
  • Validation

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Reliability and validity of the Malay version of Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men (MVATL/MVATG) : A study on a group of medical students in Malaysia. / Ng, Chong Guan; Tan, Lee Khing; Gill, Jesjeet Singh; Koh, Ong Hui; Jambunathan, Stephen; Pillai, Subash Kumar; Sidi, Hatta.

In: Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, Vol. 5, No. SUPPL. 1, 04.2013, p. 118-122.

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Ng, Chong Guan ; Tan, Lee Khing ; Gill, Jesjeet Singh ; Koh, Ong Hui ; Jambunathan, Stephen ; Pillai, Subash Kumar ; Sidi, Hatta. / Reliability and validity of the Malay version of Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men (MVATL/MVATG) : A study on a group of medical students in Malaysia. In: Asia-Pacific Psychiatry. 2013 ; Vol. 5, No. SUPPL. 1. pp. 118-122.
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