AIM: This study was conducted using methodological approaches for the adaption of the Acceptance of Illness Scale (AIS) developed in USA to the type 2 diabetic patients in the Turkish society.
METHOD: The sample of this research, the validity and reliability study, consisted of 80 type 2 diabetic patients who had applied to the diabetes polyclinics of two training hospitals. During the data collection process of the study the following instruments were used: Acceptance of Illness Scale and Socio-Demographic and Diabetes Questionnaire. Validity and reliability analyses were used for the assessment of the study data.
RESULTS: The validity and reliability of Acceptance of Illness Scale in the diabetic patients in the Turkish society were found to be high (Cronbachï¿½s Alpha=0,79; test-retest r=0,71). Scale item mean scores between the 2,53 and 4,38, the item-total correlations ranged 0,45 to 0,77 and was found to be significant.
CONCLUSION: The validity and reliability of Acceptance of Illness Scale has been determined. Establishing the factors that determine the acceptance levels and assessing the acceptance level in our country will enable individulas to receive holistic treatment and psychosocial adaptation.
Key Words: : acceptance of illness scale, type 2 diabetes mellitus, validity, reliability