Title

Psychometric Properties of the Index of Relocation Adjustment

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

9 p.

Publication Date

6-2014

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Source Publication

Journal of Applied Gerontology

Source ISSN

0733-4648

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1177/0733464812450072

Abstract

More and more American older adults are relocating to retirement communities, and they experience challenges in adjusting to new surroundings that may increase their depression and mortality. An instrument not previously tested in the United States, the Index of Relocation Adjustment (IRA), may help in early identification of poor relocation adjustment. This study examined the psychometric properties of the IRA using secondary data from a convenience sample of 104 older adults who relocated to 6 retirement communities in Northeast Ohio. Cronbach’s alpha was .86. The IRA was correlated with measures of positive cognitions (r = .48, p < .01) and relocation controllability (r = –.62, p < .01), suggesting construct validity. Results indicated a single factor reflecting relocation adjustment with loadings for all items ranging from .62 to .83. The IRA is potentially useful as a screening measure for early detection of poor adjustment among relocated older adults.

Comments

Journal of Applied Gerontology, Vol. 33, No. 4 (June 2014): 437-455. DOI.

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