Background/aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of the Vulnerability to Abuse Screening Scale (VASS). Materials and methods: This was a methodological study. The sample included 140 elderly individuals. Data were collected by using a questionnaire form, the VASS, and the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). The Cronbach alpha value was calculated and test?retest reliability was tested for the reliability analyses. Results: The Cronbach alpha value calculated for the VASS (12 items) was 0.819. There was no difference between test and retest mean scores of the VASS. A statistically significantly positive and strong relationship was found between the test and retest scores of the individuals. A statistically significantly positive and moderate relationship was found between the VASS and GDS scores. Factor analysis revealed that a total of four factors accounted for 63.66% of the total variance with an eigenvalue of >1. These results show that the Turkish version of the VASS is a valid and reliable scale. Conclusion: This study showed that the adoption of the translated VASS in Turkey is reliable and valid to evaluate the risk of abuse in adults over the age of 65.
Elder abuse, elder neglect, depression
AŞİRET, GÜLER DURU; BAĞÇİVAN, GÜLCAN; ÖZCAN, MÜNEVVER; ERÖKSÜZ, BESTE BAŞAK; AKBAYRAK, NALAN; and AKDEMİR, NURAN
"Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric assessment of the Turkishversion of the Vulnerability to Abuse Screening Scale,"
Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences: Vol. 47:
4, Article 27.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/medical/vol47/iss4/27