Validity of the Chicago Attitude Inventory as a measure of personal adjustment in old age

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The rationale and previous data on the validity of the Inventory are presented. A new and shorter form was given to a representative sample of 98 persons. Results obtained were correlated with subject's self-reports on health, economic status, and social and religious activities; with ratings made by trained research workers; and with ratings of other community judges. “On the whole, the Chicago Attitude Inventory is found to have a high enough degree of validity to justify its use with groups of older people who are not senile. The validity is not high enough, however, to permit drawing conclusions about cases without support from data of other kinds.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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