A breast cancer fear scale: psychometric development

J Health Psychol. 2004 Nov;9(6):753-62. doi: 10.1177/1359105304045383.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Fear*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Efficacy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*