The CATIS mean item scores are presented in Table 3.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CATIS SCORES AND GENDER, AGE, TYPE OF DISEASE, DISABILITY GRADE, AND TREATMENT STATUS
In CATIS, the scores on the single items were added and divided by the total number of items (13).
The results indicate there is no statistically significant differences between the CATIS mean score for males and females, aged 8-14 and 15-18, those affected by either MB or PB leprosy, Grade 0 and Grade 2, and on treatment and treated cases, (Results shown in Table 5).
Furthermore, we asked about several factors separate from the CATIS score.
The CATIS scale was used to assess the children's and adolescents' attitude towards having leprosy and measured the self-stigma experienced by patients.
There is no statistically significant difference between the CATIS mean score for males and females, aged 8-14 and aged 15-18, multibacillary (MB) and paucibacillary (PB), Grade 0 and Grade 2 disability, and between those under treatment and those who have completed treatment.
The study was focused and included only school-age children and adolescents who have attained a third-grade level of education, because the CATIS is a self-reporting scale.
In summary, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first study using the CATIS scale to investigate the attitude of children and adolescents with leprosy.
Brief report: adolescents' attitudes toward epilepsy: further validation of the Child Attitude toward Illness Scale (CATIS).