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Table 2 Exploratory factor analysis of the APQ (n = 250)

From: The Persian short form Aging Perceptions Questionnaire (APQ-P): A validation study

FactorItemsFactor load
Timeline Chronic
 1. I am conscious of getting older all of the time0.20
2. I am always aware of my age0.18
3. I always classify myself as old0.16
4. I am always aware of the fact that I am getting older0.06
5. I feel my age in everything that I do0.25
Timeline cyclical
 27. I go through cycles in which my experience of ageing gets better and worse0.15
28. My awareness of getting older comes and goes in cycles0.17
30. I go through phases of feeling old0.09
32. I go through phases of viewing myself as being old0.15
Control negative
 23. I have no control over whether I lose vitality or zest for life as I age0.24
Consequences negative
 16. As I age, I can not do some things0.59
17. Getting older makes me less independent0.68
18. Getting older makes everything a lot harder for me0.63
19. As I get older I can take part in fewer activities0.76
20. As I get older I do not cope as well with problems that arise0.68
21. Slowing down with age is not something I can control0.64
22. How mobile I am in later life is not up to me0.60
24. I have no control over the effects which getting older has on my social life0.60
Emotional representations
 9. I get depressed when I think about how ageing might affect the things that I can do0.68
13. I get depressed when I think about the effect that getting older might have on my social life0.80
25. I get depressed when I think about getting older0.83
26. I worry about the effects that getting older may have on my relationships with others0.49
29. I feel angry when I think about getting older0.50
31. My awareness of getting older changes a great deal from day to day0.31
Control positive
 10. The quality of my social life in later years depends on me0.79
11. The quality of my relationships with others in later life depends on me0.87
12. Whether I continue living life to the full depends on me0.82
14. As I get older there is much I can do to maintain my independence0.03
15. Whether getting older has positive sides to it depends on me0.16
Consequences positive
 6. As I get older I get wiser0.64
7. As I get older I continue to grow as a person0.94
8. As I get older I appreciate things more0.74
  1. Note. Items 21 to 24 are reverse coded. Items in bold are the items included in the Persian version of the APQ