A breast cancer fear scale: Psychometric development

Victoria L. Champion, Celette Sugg Skinner, Usha Menon, Susan Rawl, R. Brian Giesler, Patrick Monahan, Joanne Daggy

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Fear of breast cancer has been inversely associated with participation in screening. However, investigators have generally used only one item or global scales to measure fear. This report describes development of a fear scale specific to breast cancer. Data from a large study involving mammography adherence were used to test the breast cancer fear scale for validity and reliability. Construct validity was verified through factor analysis and regression analysis predicting mammography. All items loaded on a single factor and theoretical relationships were verified by linear and logistic regression. The Cronbach alpha for the scale was .91.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753-762
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Breast cancer
  • Fear
  • Mammography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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