Validation and psychometric evaluation of the Italian version of the Fear of COVID-19 scale (2020)

Paolo Soraci (Group Cognitive Behavioral Psychology Association)


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The advent of COVID-19 worldwide has led to consequences for people’s health, both physical and psychological, such as fear and anxiety. This is the case in Italy, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic. Given the heightened fear concerning COVID-19 in Italy., the study proposed and validated the Italian version of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S; see Ahorsu, D. K., Lin, C. Y., Imani, V., Saffari, M., Griffiths, M. D., & Pakpour, A. H. (2020). The Fear of COVID-19 Scale: Development and Initial Validation. International journal of mental health and addiction, 1–9. Advance online publication. and analyzed its psychometric properties.
The sample comprised around 250 Italian participants who were administered Italian versions of the FCV-19S, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and the Severity Measure for Specific Phobia-Adult (SMSP-A). The dataset contains, in addition to socio-demographic information, the values collected in the sample on the seven items of the FCV-19S, translated into Italian.

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Topic Classification:

  • HEALTH - general health
  • HEALTH - specific diseases and medical conditions
  • Nations: Italy

    Geographical Unit: state

    Analysis Unit: individual

    Universe: Italian-speaking citizens aged 18 and over

    Sample Procedure: 249 individuals. Convenience sampling

    Weight: No weight used

    Collection Mode: web-based self-administered questionnaire (CAWI)

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 1 dataset in SPSS format; 1 questionnaire in PDF format (ita); 2 methodological notes in PDF format (ita, eng); 2 codebook in PDF format (ita, eng) (6 file)


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    Soraci, P., Ferrari, A., Abbiati, F. A., Del Fante, E., De Pace, R., Urso, A., & Griffiths, M. D. (2020). Validation and psychometric evaluation of the Italian version of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-10.

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    Source Contact: Paolo Soraci - Group Cognitive Behavioral Psychology Association

    Paolo Soraci. (2020) Validation and psychometric evaluation of the Italian version of the Fear of COVID-19 scale. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN225. Data file version 1.0 doi:10.20366/unimib/unidata/SN225-1.0

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