Clinical Associate Professor.
Development and psychometric testing of the register – connectedness scale for older adults
Article first published online: 29 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 60–72, February 2011
How to Cite
Register, M. E., Herman, J. and Tavakoli, A. S. (2011), Development and psychometric testing of the register – connectedness scale for older adults. Res. Nurs. Health, 34: 60–72. doi: 10.1002/nur.20415
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 29 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 OCT 2010
- Boyne Foundation
- successful aging;
- instrument development and validation;
- older adult
Connectedness, maintaining active engagement with life, is crucial to successful aging. Yet, no instruments were found to measure connectedness. The purpose of this study was to develop and test a connectedness scale for older adults. A 72-item instrument was administered to 428 community-dwelling older adults. The sample was largely female, White widows/widowers, with a mean age of 76 (SD 6.95) years. The instrument was reduced to 45 items representing five factors with loadings ranging from .40 to .86. The factor labels and their reliability estimates were: (a) self-regulating (.86), (b) facing aging (.85), (c) being part of a family (.87), (d) having friends (.87), and (e) being spiritual (.88). This promising instrument may advance the science of successful aging. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 34:60–72, 2011