Time perspective in hereditary cancer

psychometric properties of a short form of the zimbardo time perspective inventory in a community and clinical sample

Claire E. Wakefield, Judi Homewood, Alan Taylor, Mehmet Mahmut, Bettina Meiser

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    Abstract

    Aims: We aimed to assess the psychometric properties of a 25-item short form of the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory in a community sample (N=276) and in individuals with a strong family history of cancer, considering genetic testing for cancer risk (N=338). Results: In the community sample, individuals with high past-negative or present-fatalistic scores had higher levels of distress, as measured by depression, anxiety, and aggression. Similarly, in the patient sample, past-negative time perspective was positively correlated with distress, uncertainty, and postdecision regret when making a decision about genetic testing. Past-negative-oriented individuals were also more likely to be undecided about, or against, genetic testing. Hedonism was associated with being less likely to read the educational materials they received at their clinic, and fatalism was associated with having lower knowledge levels about genetic testing. Conclusions: The assessment of time perspective in individuals at increased risk of cancer can provide valuable clinical insights. However, further investigation of the psychometric properties of the short form of this scale is warranted, as it did not meet the currently accepted criteria for psychometric validation studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)617-627
    Number of pages11
    JournalGenetic testing and molecular biomarkers
    Volume14
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010

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