Assessment of Readiness for Mobility Transition (ARMT): A tool for mobility transition counseling with older adults

Thomas M. Meuser, Marla Berg-Weger, John T. Chibnall, Annie C. Harmon, James D. Stowe

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Abstract

Individualized assessment is important when counseling older adults concerning the transition from driving to nondriving mobility. This study validated a measure of emotional and attitudinal readiness in support of mobility transition counseling (MTC). Items derived from a mixed-methods approach were administered by mailed questionnaire to community-dwelling adults (n = 297; ages 57-95). Factor analysis was employed to form the 24-item Assessment of Readiness for Mobility Transition (ARMT). The ARMT-Total Score (ARMT-TS) demonstrated sound internal consistency and split-half reliability (.88 each). The ARMT-TS correlated as hypothesized with validity measures, including self-reported physical functioning, mental health, and openness to experience. High scorers, who evidenced strong self-reliance and an unwillingness to be a burden on others, are considered to be at risk when faced with a significant mobility transition. An appreciation for such differences can allow for personalized, tailored discussion and planning for when it is time to "hang up the keys."

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-507
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • assessment
  • counseling
  • individual differences
  • mobility
  • planning

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