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Table 2 Item performance of the SCQ in a sample of acute hospital staff in Australia

From: Stress of Conscience Questionnaire (SCQ): exploring dimensionality and psychometric properties at a tertiary hospital in Australia

Item Mean SD skewness Kurtosis Floor/ceiling effect % Corrected item-total correlation Cronbach’s alpha if item deleted Mean of index scores SD of index scores Corrected item-total correlation index scores Cronbach’s alpha if item deleted on index scores Factor loading index scores
1A How often do you lack the time to provide the care the patient needs? 3.68 1.50 − 1.065 .126 4.8/39.4 .54 .81 13.95 7.40 .60 .82 .706
1B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 3.57 1.34 − 1.278 1.501 2.2/10.5 .50 .82      
2A Are you ever forced to provide care that feels wrong? 1.33 1.43 .779 − .545 40.9/2.9 .55 .81 5.21 6.32 .56 .82 .669
2B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 2.53 1.92 − .178 − 1.587 14.9/5.4 .47 .83      
3A Do you ever have to deal with incompatible demands in your work? 2.94 1.62 − .420 − 1.014 10.9/17.4 .61 .80 10.48 7.92 .63 .81 .729
3B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 3.15 1.50 − .714 − .468 3.3/6.5 .57 .82      
4A Do you ever see patients being insulted and/or injured? 0.60 .95 1.699 2.651 61.6/0.4 .34 .83 2.16 3.74 .44 .83 .551
4B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 2.13 2.06 .484 − 1.530 20.3/9.1 .55 .82      
5A Do you ever find yourself avoiding patients or family members who need help or support? 1.02 1.41 1.095 − .030 51.8/1.4 .51 .81 3.63 5.60 .38 .82 .681
5B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 2.18 1.73 .223 − 1.595 15.9/5.1 .59 .81      
6A Is your private life ever so demanding that you don’t have the energy to devote yourself to your work as you would like? 1.18 1.29 1.057  1.602 36.2/2.5 .51 .81 3.68 5.14 .30 .83 .579
6B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 2.06 1.93 .233 − 1.411 16.7/2.5 .58 .81      
7A Is your work in healthcare ever so demanding that you don’t have the energy to devote yourself to your family as you would like? 2.45 1.62 − .130 − 1.263 15.9/9.1 .66 .80 9.52 7.89 .47 .81 .755
7B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 3.25 1.69 − .668 − .961 4.4/9.4 .61 .81      
8A Do you ever feel that you cannot live up to others’ expectations of your work? 1.89 1.55 .361 − 1.062 22.5/5.4 .57 .81 6.68 6.77 .43 .82 .670
8B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 2.75 1.74 − .318 − 1.292 8.7/5.8 .57 .81      
9A Do you ever lower your aspirations to provide good care? 1.08 1.40 1.112 .346 47.8/3.3 .49 .82 3.55 5.69 .36 .83 .604
9B Does this give you a troubled conscience? 1.95 1.81 .394 .305 19.6/4.3 .49 .82      
  1. SD standard deviations Index scores = Item A multiplied by Item B