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J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2019 Jun;28(2):165-171. English. Validation Studies.
Park SK , Yang YK , Song E .
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea.
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to translate Tromsø Social Intelligence Scale (TSIS) into Korean and verify the validity and reliability of the Korean version of the TSIS.


This study used a methodological research design. Exploratory factor analysis, content, construct, criterion-related validity, and internal consistency reliability of the TSIS were evaluated. Participants, 269 nursing students, were recruited from three universities in three provinces in South Korea from November 2016 to April 2017.


The Korean version of TSIS contained 16 items. Exploratory factor analysis showed three factors that explained the construct validity with a three-factor solution; that explained 61.3% of the total variance. Concurrent validity was associated with the Global Interpersonal Communication Competence Scale (r=.68, p<.001). Cronbach's α for the 16 items was .80.


Our study findings suggest that the Korean version of TSIS was a valid and reliable scale with a robust factorial structure and useful for measuring social intelligence of nursing students.

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