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Assessing Perceptions AbouT Hazardous Substances: The PATHS questionnaire

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1100-1113
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
Published1 Aug 2013

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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.

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