The development and validation of the Health Proneness Questionnaire

D. Erickson, F. Stapleton, P. Erickson, E. Giannokopoulos, Clare Wilson

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This series of studies describes the development, validation and potential use of the Health Proneness Questionnaire (HPQ). Recent health, wellness and illness studies focus upon the dynamic interaction between psychological and physical well-being. This newly developed scale allows practitioners to quickly screen psychological characteristics related to health and a patient's perception of their quality of life. Participants were patients in university research clinics for vision problems. Through exploratory factor analysis three factors evolved related to the hypothesized psychological characteristics involved in health related quality of life: adaptability, self-efficacy and subjective well-being. In a confirmatory factor analysis, the best fit model yielded a higher-order health-proneness factor with the original three categories as sub-factors. Further criterion-related validity comparisons and discriminant and convergent validity studies indicated a psychometrically sound short survey for examining psychological characteristics of patients with mild chronic health conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-423
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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