We developed brief versions of our questionnaires to assess domain-specific views on aging (age stereotypes and future self-views) and preparation for age-related changes.
The brief scales were validated in an online study with N = 301 participants aged 23 – 88 years.
Mean values across domains show a differentiated picture for all three constructs, yielding evidence for the multi-dimensionality of views on aging and preparation for age-related changes. Rating profiles for the brief versions were similar to the long versions of the questionnaires, attesting to the equivalence of the brief and long scales. Within-domain correlations between the three constructs were also higher than between-domain correlations, further substantiating the claim of domain-specificity with regard to the predictive validity of the brief scales.
The new brief versions of the scales can thus be recommended for a differentiated assessment of views on aging and preparation for age-related changes when short forms of measurement are required.