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Psychologists' increased workload over recent years has highlighted the importance of using self-care strategies that allow these professionals to become aware of and control their overall health. Despite the importance of these strategies, there is no instrument adapted for measuring them in the Spanish population. Therefore, this study presents an adaptation of the Self-Care Assessment for Psychologists (SCAP) scale for the Spanish population. A total of 368 professional Spanish psychologists ( M age = 40.34, SD = 10.50) participated in the study. First, we obtained validity evidence based on the content using a panel of six experts. Second, we analyzed the dimensionality and internal consistency of the instrument, and we obtained validity evidence based on its relationship with related constructs. A bifactor structure fit the data adequately, and suitable reliability was confirmed. In addition, self-care was associated with lower levels of perceived stress and burnout and higher satisfaction with life. The Spanish version of the SCAP is a reliable, valid instrument that supports the intended interpretation of the SCAP scores about the self-care strategies used by Spanish psychologists.


Marta Garrido-Macías, Gemma Sáez, María Alonso-Ferres, Manuel J Ruiz, Celia Serrano-Montilla, Francisca Expósito. Assessing Self-Care in Psychologists: A Spanish Adaptation of the SCAP Scale. Psicothema. 2022 Feb;34(1):143-150

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PMID: 35048906

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