Assessing Perceptions about Hazardous Substances (PATHS): The PATHS questionnaire

G. James Rubin*, Richard Amlot, Lisa Page, Julia Pearce, Simon Wessely

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    How people perceive the nature of a hazardous substance may determine how they respond when potentially exposed to it. We tested a new Perceptions AbouT Hazardous Substances (PATHS) questionnaire. In Study 1 (N = 21), we assessed the face validity of items concerning perceptions about eight properties of a hazardous substance. In Study 2 (N = 2030), we tested the factor structure, reliability and validity of the PATHS questionnaire across four qualitatively different substances. In Study 3 (N = 760), we tested the impact of information provision on Perceptions AbouT Hazardous Substances scores. Our results showed that our eight measures demonstrated good reliability and validity when used for non-contagious hazards.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1100-1113
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Health Psychology
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    This work was produced by under the terms of a research training fellowship issued by the UK National Institute for Health Research. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, The National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health.


    • beliefs
    • communication
    • information
    • public health psychology
    • risk


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