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Attitudes of middle-aged women to aging: contribution of the Reactions to Aging Questionnaire.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11770187     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Attitudes to aging in mid-life have been found to be a predictor of health and well-being. The main purpose of the study was to assess the contribution of the Reactions to Aging Questionnaire (RAQ) to the understanding of middle-aged women's attitudes towards their aging. An additional purpose was to expand the existing information regarding the dimensions of the new version of the RAQ. Middle-aged Melbourne women (n = 381) were asked to complete the RAQ, in addition to another attitudes-to-aging scale (Worries About Aging). Factor analysis of the RAQ was used to explore its dimensionality, and frequencies of responses were used to assess the spread of response of both instruments. The factors extracted in the factor analysis of the RAQ were interpretable and meaningful in terms of emotions related to aging. They were also similar to the factors described by previous data. The RAQ was more effective in its distribution ability than the Worries About Aging Scale. With some modifications, the RAQ may be more informative than was the Worries About Aging Scale in its ability to assess emotions, opinions and beliefs associated with aging in middle-aged women.
Y Netz; J R Guthrie; C Garamszegi; L Dennerstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Climacteric : the journal of the International Menopause Society     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1369-7137     ISO Abbreviation:  Climacteric     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-27     Completed Date:  2002-05-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9810959     Medline TA:  Climacteric     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  306-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / psychology*
Middle Aged
Questionnaires / standards*
Reproducibility of Results
Women's Health

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