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ERIC Number: EJ958257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Development of a Scale to Measure Adults' Perceptions of Health: Preliminary Findings
Diamond, James J.; Becker, Julie A.; Arenson, Christine A.; Chambers, Christopher V.; Rosenthal, Michael P.
Journal of Community Psychology, v35 n5 p557-561 Jul 2007
Given the national agenda on chronic disease self-management, the goal of the project described in this brief report was to develop a scale that measured adult perceptions about health but did not focus on a specific condition. The Perception of Health Scale (PHS) is based on earlier work that used the Health Belief Model as a focus. The 15-item PHS was administered to 322 patients in several settings, and the responses were analyzed by the method of principal components. Four factors emerged that were named: Center of Control, Self-Awareness, Certainty, and Importance of Health, each of which showed high internal consistency by Cronbach's alpha. Overall, the PHS is of sufficient internal consistency to make it a potentially useful tool in research designed to include a measure of personal beliefs about health. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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