Scale Development: Theory and Applications

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SAGE, 2003 - Mathematics - 171 pages
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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 are figures and practical tips for students, a new section on face validity (Chapter 4), a substantially expanded presentation of factor analysis (Chapter 6), a new chapter (7) on item response theory (IRT), coverage of qualitative procedures, and issues related to differential item functioning (Chapter 8).

  

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Contents

Overview
1
General Perspectives on Measurement
2
Historical Origins of Measurement in Social Science
3
Later Developments in Measurement
5
The Role of Measurement in the Social Sciences
6
Summary and Preview
13
Understanding the Latent Variable
14
Latent Variable as the Presumed Cause of Item Values
15
Administer Items to a Development Sample
88
Evaluate Scale Length
90
Optimize the Items
96
Exercises
100
Factor Analysis
102
An Overview of Factor Analysis
103
A Conceptual Description of Factor Analysis
108
Interpreting Factors
126

Path Diagrams
16
Further Elaboration of the Measurement Model
20
Parallel Tests
21
Alternative Models
24
Exercises
26
Reliability
27
Reliability Based on Correlations Between Scale Scores
39
Generalizability Theory
44
Summary
47
Validity
49
CriterionRelated Validity
50
Construct Validity
53
What About Face Validity
57
Exercises
58
Guidelines in Scale Development
60
Generate an Item Pool
63
Determine the Format for Measurement
70
Have the Initial Item Pool Reviewed by Experts
85
Consider Inclusion of Validation Items
87
Principal Components Versus Common Factors
127
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
131
Using Factor Analysis in Scale Development
133
Sample Size
136
Conclusion
137
An Overview of Item Response Theory
138
Item Difficulty
139
Item Discrimination
142
Item Characteristic Curves
144
Complexities of IRT
147
When to Use IRT
149
Conclusions
152
Measurement in the Broader Research Context
154
After Scale Administration
158
Final Thoughts
160
References
161
Index
167
About the Author
171
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Robert F. DeVellis is Research Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (School of Public Health), and the Psychology Department (College of Arts and Sciences) at the University of North Carolinaat Chapel Hill. In addition, he is a Core Faculty Member for UNC's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical ScholarsProgram (School of Medicine). Dr. DeVellis is also Director of the Measurement and Methods Core of the UNCCenter on Minority Aging and Associate Director of the UNC Arthritis Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center,where he also is a member of that center's Methodology Core. He has served on the Board of Directors for theAmerican Psychological Association's Division of Health Psychology (38), on the Arthritis Foundations'Clinical/Outcomes/therapeutics Research Study Section, and on the Advisory Board of the Veterans AffairsMeasurement Excellence Initiative. He has served on the editorial boards of Arthritis Care and Research and HealthEducation Research and as Guest Editor, Guest Associate Editor, or reviewer for more than two dozen otherjournals. His current research interests include examining interpersonal factors that facilitate adaptation to chronicillness and measuring social and behavioral variables related to health and illness. He has served as PrincipalInvestigator or Co-Investigator since the early 1980s on a series of research projects funded by the federalgovernment and private foundations.

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