Importance: People with mental disorders usually have emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems, such as decreased enjoyment of life and lack of interest. It is important to have an assessment to measure these problems because interest is a powerful psychological state that makes people fully engaged and focused. Measuring people’s level of interest provides an understanding of their needs, behaviors, thoughts, and personalities.
Objective: To develop and culturally adapt the Arabic translation of the Modified Interest Checklist for Arabic-speaking clients with psychiatric disorders.
Design: A multistage process involving cognitive debriefing and back translation.
Setting: Two inpatient mental health hospitals in Saudi Arabia.
Participants: Eighty-eight English- and Arabic-speaking adult clients with psychiatric disorders.
Results: Significant moderate agreement was found between the scores obtained from the two versions (p < .000). The κ measurement of agreement was 0.59 (95% confidence interval [0.42, 0.76]).
Conclusions and Relevance: The Arabic translation of the Modified Interest Checklist was generated for potential use in research and clinical practice with Arabic-speaking clients with psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions. Further validation of the developed Arabic version is imperative.
What This Article Adds: This brief report provides a culturally adapted Arabic translation of the Modified Interest Checklist that could be useful to rehabilitation professionals who would like to use this checklist for Arabic-speaking clients with psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.