Cardiff Fertility Knowledge Scale

The Cardiff Fertility Knowledge Scale is a 13-item measure of an individual's knowledge regarding 3 areas of fertility: indicators of reduced fertility, misconceptions about fertility and basic facts about infertility.


Multi-Country

ITEMS:

1. A woman is less fertile after the age of 36 years.
2. A couple would be classified as infertile is they did not achieve a pregnancy after 1 year of regular sexual intercourse (without using contraception).
3. Smoking decreases female fertility.
4. Smoking decreases male fertility.
5. About 1 in 10 couples are infertile.
6. If a man produces sperm he is fertile.
7. These days a woman in her 40s has a similar chance of getting pregnant as a woman in her 30s.
8. Having a healthy lifestyle makes you fertile.
9. If a man has had mumps after puberty he is more likely to later have a fertility problem.
10. A women who never menstruates is still fertile.
11. If a woman is overweight by more than 2 stones (13 kg or 28 pounds) then she may not be able to get pregnant.
12. If a man can achieve an erection then it is an indication that he is fertile.
13. People who have had a sexually transmitted disease are likely to have reduced fertility.

Response Options:
True
False
Don't know

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
China
Denmark
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
New Zealand
Portugal
Russia
Spain
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

Each correct answer is given a score of 1 and incorrect or "don't know" responses are given 0. Points were then averaged then multiplied by 100 to produce a percentage correct fertility knowledge score with a range of zero to 100%.

Correct answers:
True: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13
False: 6, 7, 8, 10, 12

PRIMARY CITATION:

Bunting, L., Tsibulsky, I., & Boivin, J. (2013). Fertility knowledge and beliefs about fertility treatment: findings from the International Fertility Decision-making Study. Human Reproduction, 28(2), 385-397. https://doi.org/10.1093/humrep/des402

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 4.50/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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