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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2019

Development and validation of a measurement scale for self-efficacy for farmers' mastitis prevention in dairy cows

Lind, Nina;Hansson, Helena;Lagerkvist, Carl Johan;

Abstract

The purpose of this study was twofold. First, we developed and validated the domain-specific Mastitis Prevention Self-Efficacy scale (MPSES), derived from developing a corresponding scale for the General Self-Efficacy Scale and consisting of 10 items describing dairy farmers' feelings of confidence about being able to prevent, reduce and control mastitis, a common infection of the udder. Second, farmers' cognitive assessment of mastitis was used in order to explore the correlation of general and domain-specific self-efficacy. The MPSES was completed by a sample of Swedish fulltime dairy farmers (n = 290) through an online questionnaire. The instrument was found to possess good reliability (Cronbach's alpha alpha = .90) and correlated well with the S-GSE (r.62). Medium effects was identified by a correlation between the MPSES and farmers' cognitive assessment of time-line (r = 0.3, p < 0.001), and small effects for cure/control (r = .12, p < 0.05) as well as for aspects related to cause (r = .17-.28, p < 0.001) of mastitis. The potential usefulness of this scale in the dairy industry is discussed.

Keywords

Self-efficacy; Mastitis prevention; Farmer behaviour; Illness perception; Animal welfare; Animal health

Published in

Preventive Veterinary Medicine

2019, volume: 167, pages: 53-60

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics

UKÄ Subject classification

Animal and Dairy Science
Business Administration
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2019.03.025

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/99288