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Scale Development : Theory and Applications

Scale Development : Theory and Applications - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0761926054

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ISBN13: 978-0761926054
ISBN10: 0761926054
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Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Published: 2003
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ISBN13: 978-0761926054

Robert F. Devellis

ISBN13: 978-0761926054
ISBN10: 0761926054
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

A best-seller in its first edition, Scale Development: Theory and Applications, Second Edition has been extensively updated and revised to address changes in the field and topics that have grown in importance since the first edition. Widely adopted for graduate courses in departments such as Psychology, Public Health, Marketing, Nursing, and Education, this book will prove beneficial to applied researchers across the social sciences.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Figures and practical tips for students
  • New section on face validity (Chapter 4)
  • Substantially expanded presentation of factor analysis (Chapter 6)
  • New chapter (7) on item response theory (IRT)
  • Coverage of qualitative procedures and issues related to differential item functioning (Chapter 8)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Overview

General Perspectives on Measurement
Historical Origins of Measurement in Social Science
Later Developments in Measurement
The Role of Measurement in the Social Sciences
Summary and Preview

Chapter 2: Understanding the "Latent Variable"

Constructs Versus Measures
Latent Variable as the Presumed Cause of Item Values
Path Diagrams
Further Elaboration of the Measurement Model
Parallel "Tests"
Alternative Models
Exercises

Chapter 3: Reliability

Continuous Versus Dichotomous Items
Internal Consistency
Relability Based on Correlations Between Scale Scores
Generalizability Theory
Summary and Exercises

Chapter 4: Validity

Content Validity
Criterion-related Validity
Construct Validity
What About Face Validity?
Exercises

Chapter 5: Guidelines in Scale Development

Step 1: Determine Clearly What it Is You Want to Measure
Step 2: Generate an Item Pool
Step 3: Determine the Format for Measurement
Step 4: Have Initial Item Pool Reviewed by Experts
Step 5: Consider Inclusion of Validation Items
Step 6: Administer Items to a Development Sample
Step 7: Evaluate the Items
Step 8: Optimize Scale Length
Exercises

Chapter 6: Factor Analysis

Overview of Factor Analysis
Conceptual Description of Factor Analysis
Interpreting Factors
Principal Components vs Common Factors
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Using Factor Analysis in Scale Development
Sample Size
Conclusion

Chapter 7: An Overview of Item Response Theory

Item Difficulty
Item Discrimination
False Positives
Item Characteristic Curves
Complexities of IRT
When to Use IRT
Conclusions
Chapter 8: Measurement in the Broader Research Context
Before the Scale Development
After the Scale Administration
Final Thoughts
References
Index

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