Perceived Health Competence Scale (PHCS)

1.    I handle myself well with respect to my health
2.    No matter how hard I try‚ my health just doesn’t turn out the way I would like.
3.    It is difficult for me to find effective solutions to the health problems that come my way.
4.    I succeed in the projects I undertake to improve my health.
5.    I’m generally able to accomplish my goals with respect to my health.
6.    I find my efforts to change things I don’t like about my health are ineffective.
7.    Typically‚ my plans for my health don’t work out well.
8.    I am able to do things for my health as well as most other people.
(1) strongly Disagree to (6) strongly Agree
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