Examination of the Psychometric Properties of the Geriatric Fear of Falling Measure Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults in the United States

Tuo Yu Chen, Jerri D. Edwards, Megan Janke

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Abstract

This current study investigated the construct validity and reliability of the Geriatric Fear of Falling Measure (GFFM) among community-dwelling older adults in the United States. Eighty-eight participants were assessed on the GFFM together with demographics, falls, and fear of falling and falls-efficacy measures at baseline and an 8-week follow-up visit. Cronbach’s alpha, regression analyses, and correlation analyses were used to examine the psychometric properties of the GFFM. The results showed that the GFFM demonstrated good construct validity and reliability among community-dwelling older adults in the United States. Our findings provide evidence for the validity and reliability of the GFFM. Further study with a larger and diverse sample is needed to determine whether the GFFM has potential as a quick screening tool of fear of falling in clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)791-804
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • fear of falling
  • Geriatric Fear of Falling Measure
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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