Assessing Perceptions about Hazardous Substances (PATHS): The PATHS questionnaire

G. James Rubin, Richard Amlot, Lisa Page, Julia Pearce, Simon Wessely

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    Abstract

    How people perceive the nature of a hazardous substance may determine how they respond when potentially exposed to it. We tested a new Perceptions AbouT Hazardous Substances (PATHS) questionnaire. In Study 1 (N = 21), we assessed the face validity of items concerning perceptions about eight properties of a hazardous substance. In Study 2 (N = 2030), we tested the factor structure, reliability and validity of the PATHS questionnaire across four qualitatively different substances. In Study 3 (N = 760), we tested the impact of information provision on Perceptions AbouT Hazardous Substances scores. Our results showed that our eight measures demonstrated good reliability and validity when used for non-contagious hazards.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1100-1113
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Health Psychology
    Volume18
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

    Keywords

    • beliefs
    • communication
    • information
    • public health psychology
    • risk

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