Scales for measuring general health perceptions

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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*Attitude to Health; Health Status Indicators; Humans; *Questionnaires; Sick Role


Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


This article reports on the construction and testing of eight health perception scales from 32 items on a standardized survey instrument designed for self-administration, the Health Perceptions Questionnaire (Form II). The scales measure perceptions of prior health, current health, health outlook, resistance/susceptibility to illness, health worry/concern, sickness orientation, rejection of sick role, and attitude toward going to the doctor. Field testing revealed that the scales are valid, reliable, and stable over time for diverse populations. It is recommended that the scales be used in studies requiring general health measures. Suggestions for future research are offered.

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Citation: Health Serv Res. 1976 Winter;11(4):396-415. Link to article on publisher's site

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Health services research

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