Measuring Injury Risk Perceptions: Feasibility of a Risk Estimation Scale
Authors: Will, Kelli England; Lorek, Edward J.; Sabo, Cynthia Shier; Kidd, David G.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 33, Number 6, November 2009 , pp. 639-649(11)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives : To develop a scale for measuring parental perceptions of childhood injury risk.
Methods : The Worry Assessment and Risk Estimation (WARE) Scale was administered to 256 parents/guardians to examine reliability, factor structure, and perception of risk.
Results : The WARE Scale has high internal consistency reliability ( .89). Parents underestimated scenarios with high injury/death rates and overestimated scenarios with low injury/death rates.
Conclusions : Risk estimation measures such as the WARE Scale have great potential as research tools and may be modified to suit researchers' needs.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Community Health and Research, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA.
Publication date: November 1, 2009
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