The social vulnerability scale for older adults: An exploratory and confirmatory factor analytic study

Pinsker, Donna M., McFarland, Ken and Stone, Valerie E. (2011) The social vulnerability scale for older adults: An exploratory and confirmatory factor analytic study. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 23 3: 246-272. doi:10.1080/08946566.2011.584049


Author Pinsker, Donna M.
McFarland, Ken
Stone, Valerie E.
Title The social vulnerability scale for older adults: An exploratory and confirmatory factor analytic study
Journal name Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-6566
1540-4129
Publication date 2011-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08946566.2011.584049
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 246
End page 272
Total pages 27
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 2717 Geriatrics and Gerontology
3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Abstract The Social Vulnerability Scale (SVS), a 22-item informant report of vulnerability to exploitation and, in particular, financial exploitation of older adults, was administered to 266 respondents who assessed the social vulnerability of a significant other aged 50 years or over, either a person with dementia or other neurological condition (n=116), or a healthy adult (n=150). Exploratory factor analysis in the combined sample revealed a 15-item two-factor solution labeled gullibility and credulity. Stability in factor structure was established in an independent sample (n=123) using confirmatory factor analysis, and sound reliability (internal consistency) and validity (known-groups) were demonstrated. The SVS15 is a potentially useful instrument for assessing older adults' vulnerability to exploitation.
Keyword Aging
Cognitive functioning
Dementia
Financial exploitation
Memory
Neuropsychology
Social vulnerability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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