ERIC Number: EJ720182
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Publication Date: 2004
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Research Note: Development of a Worry Questionnaire for Nursing Home Residents
Hertzsprung, Emerenciana A.; Konnert, Candace; Brinker, Jaylene
Canadian Journal on Aging, v23 n4 p359-366 Win 2004
This paper describes a new measure, the Worry Questionnaire for Nursing Home Residents (WQNHR), designed to assess the frequency of specific worries. It was administered to 67 residents. Psychometric evaluation showed an average item-to-total correlation of 0.20 (range = 0.15 to 0.58), an internal consistency estimate of 0.79, and a test-retest reliability coefficient of 0.80. The WQNHR showed good convergent validity with other measures of worry obtained from residents, good discriminant validity with measures of health, but poor discriminant validity with self-ratings of depression. Psychometric results also indicated that the WQNHR performed better for residents with higher cognitive functioning. In addition, a collateral form (WQNHR-C) was administered to family or friends; however, it was not significantly correlated with the WQNHR. Overall, the WQNHR is a promising screening instrument for assessing worry in nursing home residents.
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Psychometrics, Nursing Homes, Depression (Psychology), Test Validity, Test Reliability, Test Construction, Older Adults, Psychological Patterns
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