A Systematic Review of the Psychometric Properties of Self-Report Measures of Attitudes to Ageing

Farah Nadia Binti Mohd Faudzi, C J Armitage, Christina Bryant, Laura Brown

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The aim of this study was to describe and systematically evaluate the psychometric properties of attitudes to ageing measures that have been validated in adults younger than 60 years. Studies were assessed for methodological quality using the COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments. Best evidence synthesis was performed to summarize levels of evidence. Systematic searching yielded 21 articles, relating to 10 different measures. Some instruments were validated only in middle-aged and older people, whilst others were validated in a wider age range. Measures differed in whether their items related to participants’ own experiences of ageing, their anticipated future ageing, and/or ageing in general. None of the measures had had all of its psychometric properties assessed. The ERA-12 and the AAS received positive ratings for the greatest number of psychometric properties, but capture different constructs, and may be differentially suited to different age groups of younger adults.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch on Aging
Early online date30 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Systematic Review
  • Measurement Properties
  • Psychometric Assessment
  • Attitudes to Ageing
  • younger adults

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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