The development of a survey to examine knowledge about and attitudes toward concussion in high-school students

J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2010 Jan;32(1):44-55. doi: 10.1080/13803390902806535.


The development of a new measure of concussion knowledge and attitudes that is more comprehensive and psychometrically sound than previous measures is described. A group of high-school students (N = 529) completed the measure. The measure demonstrated fair to satisfactory test-retest reliability (knowledge items, r = .67; attitude items, r = .79). Exploratory factor analysis of the attitude items revealed a four-factor solution (eigenvalues ranged from 1.07-3.35) that displayed adequate internal consistency (Cohen's alpha range = .59-.72). Cluster analysis of the knowledge items resulted in a three-cluster solution distributed according to their level of difficulty. The potential uses for the measure are described.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain Concussion* / epidemiology
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys / standards*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Students / psychology*
  • Young Adult