Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2011 , Vol 14, Issue 2
Nezihe UĞURLU1, Mehmet Gürhan KARAKAYA1, İlkim ÇITAK KARAKAYA1, Media SUBAŞI BAYBUĞA1, Derya DEMİR UYSAL1, Niyazi ACER2, Barış YAKIN3, Nathan KOGAN4
1Muğla Üniversitesi Sağlık Yüksekokulu MUĞLA
2Erciyes Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi KAYSERİ
3Colombia University MP, Social-Organizatinal Psychology NEW YORK, ABD
4New School for Social Research Psychology NEW YORK, ABD
Introduction: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of Kogan's Old People Scale (KOP) - one of the most commonly used instruments developed with the aim of evaluating attitudes towards older people.

Materials and Method: Following the translation process, 399 students of Nursing and Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Departments completed the socio-demographic questionnaire and the Turkish version of the scale. Content and construct validity, internal consistency reliability of this scale were analyzed by appropriate statistical methods.

Results: The Turkish version of the scale had good content validity (CVI=0.85). All but one of the 34 items had significant item-total correlations (p<0.05). The Cronbach's alpha coefficient for the total scale was 0.64. Some evidence of construct validity was found in three-factor solution which explained 23.7% of the variances. Test and re-test reliability of the items indicated the reliability of the Turkish version of KOP scale (p<0.01).

Conclusion: It is concluded that Turkish version of KOP presents adequate validity, internal consistency reliability, and may be used to assess the attitudes toward older people, especially of the students attending to health sciences departments. Keywords : Aged; Attitude of Health Personnel; Designs, Epidemiologic Research