International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Urdu Translation and Adaptation of Fenigstein Paranoia Scale
Farhan Kamrani, Uzma Ali

The present study aimed at the Urdu translation, adaptation and norming of the 20-item paranoia scale on normal university student population in Karachi, Pakistan. Symptoms related to paranoia are found in many Psychological problems. It has many psychological, neurological and social causes and the person suffering from paranoia related symptoms is in a state of subjective distress. Phase-I involved the adaptation and translation of the scale through a systematic process comprised of back translation and merging. Phase-II involved the analysis of the adapted tool through administration on a randomly sampled 350 participants (175 male, 175 female) a part of the sample (60 participants, equally divided into male and female) was retested with the tool after one week. Statistical analysis revealed that adapted tool has high internal consistency, temporal stability (N=60), split half reliability and high content validity. All the items were found significantly correlated with the total. Norms of the sample were also calculated. The mean total score on the measure (scores can range from 20 to 100) was found to be 43.71 (SD=12.812), for males (M=42.84, N=175) scoring lower then female (M=44.59, N=175). There was a sufficient variation in scores suggesting that the scale was suited to be used for the sample. This study added a new psychometric tool that is suitable for Pakistan. The tool was standardized on a culturally and linguistically diversified sample representing almost all of Pakistani subcultures.

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