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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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PIMENTA, Filipa; LEAL, Isabel  and  MAROCO, João. Adaptation and examination of the psychometric properties of the health value scale. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2009, vol.10, n.2, pp.217-225. ISSN 1645-0086.

The aim of the present study is to analyse if people with diverse smoking patterns value their health differently. It is also an objective of this research to adapt the Health Value Scale (Lau, Hartman, & Ware, 1986) to the Portuguese population. A sample of 380 college students (regular and occasional smokers, and ex-smokers) has filled this instrument. The results show that people with different smoking patterns attribute a high value to their health and that there are no significant differences between the three groups (F=1,594; p=0,205). The study of the psychometric characteristics of the scale, which has been used in previous studies, evidence that, in a sample of 380 college students, this instrument is not adequate to measure the variable health value.

Keywords : Value; Health; Smokers; Ex-smokers; Scale.

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