Developing an Assessment Method of Active Aging : University of Jyvaskyla Active Aging Scale
Rantanen, T., Portegijs, E., Kokko, K., Rantakokko, M., Törmäkangas, T., & Saajanaho, M. (2019). Developing an Assessment Method of Active Aging : University of Jyvaskyla Active Aging Scale. Journal of Aging and Health, 31 (6), 1002-1024. doi:10.1177/0898264317750449
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Objective: To develop an assessment method of active aging for research on older people. Method: A multiphase process that included drafting by an expert panel, a pilot study for item analysis and scale validity, a feedback study with focus groups and questionnaire respondents, and a test–retest study. Altogether 235 people aged 60 to 94 years provided responses and/or feedback. Results: We developed a 17-item University of Jyvaskyla Active Aging Scale with four aspects in each item (goals, ability, opportunity, and activity; range 0-272). The psychometric and item properties are good and the scale assesses a unidimensional latent construct of active aging. Discussion: Our scale assesses older people’s striving for well-being through activities pertaining to their goals, abilities, and opportunities. The University of Jyvaskyla Active Aging Scale provides a quantifiable measure of active aging that may be used in postal questionnaires or interviews in research and practice.
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Additional information about fundingThe authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The study is funded by the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant 693045 to TR).
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