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Table 1 Item characteristics and standardized factor loadings of the APQ

From: Validation of the Dutch Aging Perceptions Questionnaire and development of a short version

Items Missing (%) M SD Med λ
Timeline chronic      
1. I am conscious of getting older all of the time 2.00 4.03 .84 4.00 .60
2. I am always aware of my age 2.70 3.54 1.06 4.00 .76
3. I always classify myself as old 3.30 2.92 1.14 3.00 .75
4. I am always aware of the fact that I am getting older 3.00 3.59 1.02 4.00 .78
5. I feel my age in everything that I do 3.50 3.03 1.14 3.00 .75
Timeline cyclical      
27. I go through cycles in which my experience of ageing gets better and worse 6.10 2.95 1.04 3.00 .71
28. My awareness of getting older comes and goes in cycles 7.10 3.10 1.03 3.00 .62
30. I go through phases of feeling old 5.60 2.88 1.12 3.00 .76
31. My awareness of getting older changes a great deal from day to day 6.30 2.69 1.06 3.00 .72
32. I go through phases of viewing myself as being old 5.90 2.89 1.14 3.00 .76
Consequence positive      
6. As I get older I get wiser 4.40 3.21 1.00 3.00 .74
7. As I get older I continue to grow as a person 6.20 3.15 .94 3.00 .83
8. As I get older I appreciate things more 3.60 3.82 .85 4.00 .55
Consequence negative      
16. Getting older restricts the things that I can do 5.50 3.56 .94 4.00 .67
17. Getting older makes me less independent 7.20 3.18 .99 3.00 .50
18. Getting older makes everything a lot harder for me 6.50 3.09 1.04 3.00 .85
19. As I get older I can take part in fewer activities 4.70 3.49 .99 4.00 .71
20. As I get older I do not cope as well with problems that arise 5.30 3.17 1.03 3.00 .69
Emotional representations      
9. I get depressed when I think about how ageing might affect the things that I can do 3.40 2.90 1.16 3.00 .70
13. I get depressed when I think about the effect that getting older might have on my social life 5.60 2.67 1.06 3.00 .78
25. I get depressed when I think about getting older 6.50 2.56 1.06 2.00 .85
26. I worry about the effects that getting older may have on my relationships with others 6.20 2.67 1.02 3.00 .74
29. I feel angry when I think about getting older 5.50 2.15 .97 2.00 .63
Control positive      
10. The quality of my social life in later years depends on me 3.60 3.82 .87 4.00 .85
11. The quality of my relationships with others in later life depends on me 3.40 3.84 .83 4.00 .84
12. Whether I continue living life to the full depends on me 2.70 3.57 .97 4.00 .61
14. As I get older there is much I can do to maintain my independence 5.00 3.82 .82 4.00 .41
15. Whether getting older has positive sides to it depends on me 5.50 3.75 .81 4.00 .49
Control negative      
21. Slowing down with age is not something I can control 4.70 2.27 .87 2.00 .62
22. How mobile I am in later life is not up to me 5.20 2.40 .93 2.00 .73
23. I have no control over whether I lose vitality or zest for life as I age 4.90 2.62 1.03 2.00 .77
24. I have no control over the effects which getting older has on my social life 5.90 2.98 1.03 3.00 .59
  1. Note. Items 21 to 24 are reverse coded. Items in bold are the items included in the short version of the APQ (APQ-S).