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J Aging Health. 1998 Aug;10(3):267-86.

Intensity and correlates of fear of falling and hurting oneself in the next year: baseline findings from a Roybal Center fear of falling intervention.

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  • 1New England Research Institutes, USA.

Abstract

Fear of falling is highly prevalent and associated with restricted activity. To help inform design of interventions, the authors examined the correlates of this fear. Data came from baseline information on subjects in a community-based falls intervention study (N = 392). In a multivariate model, lower levels of fear of falling and hurting oneself in the next year were related to being younger, having higher levels of dysfunction, and having lower levels of perceived ability to manage falls, with the last two remaining significant even after controlling for generalized fearfulness. When analyzing specific domains of dysfunction, higher levels of fear of falling and hurting oneself in the next year were associated with higher levels of physical dysfunction. The findings lend support to the expanding awareness that fear of falling may imperil quality of life and suggest the importance of interventions aimed at enhancing ability to manage falls.

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