Measuring the technophobia among middle-aged and older adults in Latvia: A pilot study

Ilona Zarina (Coresponding Author), Kristaps Circenis, Renars Erts

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The increasing need for the development of new solutions for older adults in order to support the independent living at home is perspicuous. The rapid development of information and communication technology will provide capable solutions for maintaining of life quality. Computerized technology is devoted to improving our quality of life. By the way, here is a segment of the population who do not have access to the technology in any way or form because technophobia. The aim of the pilot study was to translate measurement instrument of technophobia "Technophobia test" and collect data needed for analysis and adaptation process. The following research tasks were completed: upon examination of the available literature, the most accepted instruments for measuring technophobia are the Computer Anxiety Rating Scale (Form C), the Computer Thoughts Survey (Form C) and the General Attitudes towards Computers Scale (Form C). In Latvia, up to now such research has not been carried out. Participants (62) were middle-aged and older persons, aged from 45 to 87 years. The descriptive statistic parameters of Technophobia test subscales and the reliability statistical parameter Cronbach's alpha were calculated and average level of technophobia was assessed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE (Part II)
EditorsU. Berkis , L. Vilka
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-2-7598-9081-1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2018
Event6th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare": Living in the World of Diversity: Social Transformations. Innovations. Solutions - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 23 Nov 201625 Nov 2016
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameSHS Web of Conferences
ISSN (Print)2261-2424


Conference6th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare"


  • older adults
  • gerontechology
  • technology use
  • technophobia
  • technophobia test

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 5.1 Psychology

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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