Measuring Risk Perception in Later Life: The Perceived Risk Scale
Methods: The study was based on an online survey with 306 respondents aged 50 years and over, of which half resided in a high risk area (namely in region with high probability to rockets attacks). The RPS was examined using exploratory factor analysis. Concurrent validity was also examined.
Results: The EFA indicated a two-factor structure, 'later-life risks' and 'terror risks'. A high percentage of explained variance, as well as good internal consistency were found for the entire scale and for each of the factors. Concurrent validity was supported by significant positive associations with respondents' depression and negative associations with their life satisfaction.
Conclusion: These findings suggest that the RPS is reliable and valid, and appropriate for evaluation of risk perception in later life. Such evaluation may be most useful on predicting and optimizing of intervention on risk reduction and well-being in later life.