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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
Chen, T. Y., Edwards, J. D., & Janke, M. (2019). Examination of the Psychometric Properties of the Geriatric Fear of Falling Measure Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults in the United States. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 38(6), 791-804. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464817716969