Reliability and validity of the SF-36 among older Mexican Americans

Mary Peek, Laura Ray, Kushang Patel, Diane Stoebner-May, Kenneth Ottenbacher

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Abstract

Purpose: The Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) has been validated in many diverse samples. This measure of health-related quality of life, however, has not yet been examined among older Mexican Americans, a rapidly growing subset of the older population. Design and Method: We address the validity of the SF-36 in a sample of older Mexican Americans (N = 621) selected from the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly. Using confirmatory factor analysis through structural equation modeling, we evaluate the construct validity of this scale. Results: The results indicate evidence for a model with eight first-order factors consistent with previous research on the SF-36 and two second-order factors representing mental and physical health. Implications: This, in addition to other evidence given here, leads us to the conclusion that the SF-36 is a valid measure of health-related quality of life in this sample of older Mexican Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-425
Number of pages8
JournalGerontologist
Volume44
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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Reproducibility of Results
Quality of Life
Health Surveys
Hispanic Americans
Population
Statistical Factor Analysis
Epidemiologic Studies
Mental Health
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Research

Keywords

  • Health-related quality of life
  • Older Mexican Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging

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Reliability and validity of the SF-36 among older Mexican Americans. / Peek, Mary; Ray, Laura; Patel, Kushang; Stoebner-May, Diane; Ottenbacher, Kenneth.

In: Gerontologist, Vol. 44, No. 3, 06.2004, p. 418-425.

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Peek, M, Ray, L, Patel, K, Stoebner-May, D & Ottenbacher, K 2004, 'Reliability and validity of the SF-36 among older Mexican Americans', Gerontologist, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 418-425.
Peek, Mary ; Ray, Laura ; Patel, Kushang ; Stoebner-May, Diane ; Ottenbacher, Kenneth. / Reliability and validity of the SF-36 among older Mexican Americans. In: Gerontologist. 2004 ; Vol. 44, No. 3. pp. 418-425.
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