Psychometric Validation of the Reported and Intended Behavior Scale (RIBS) with Adolescents

Rosie Mansfield, Neil Humphrey, Praveetha Patalay

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Despite increasing interest in mental health education to reduce stigma, few studies assess changes in self-reported and intended discriminatory behavior. The current study evaluated the psychometric quality of the Reported and Intended Behavior Scale (RIBS) with adolescents. Participants were 11-15-year-olds from England (N = 1,032, 58% female). Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) established a two-factor structure. The intended behavior scale showed high internal consistency (α = .94, ω = .94) and observed ceiling effects. A moderate correlation was found between intended behavior and stigma-related knowledge (r=.39). The average reading age was 14 years; however, the introductory text had a high reading age and might benefit from being simplified in future use. Females and early-adolescents (aged 11-13 years) reported more positive intended behaviors overall, with some group differences in item response. Multi-group CFA revealed partial scalar measurement invariance. Future research should assess self-reported and intended behavior and be cautious when investigating mean differences for gender and age.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStigma and Health
Early online date25 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • stigma
  • discriminatory behavior
  • mental health
  • adolescence
  • validation


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