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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 3/25/2003.
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Written at an accessible level, Scale Development, Second Edition guides the reader toward the identification of the latent variable, the generation of an item pool, the format for measurement and the optimization of the scale length. Using exercises to illustrate the concepts, the text also includes advice about factor analytic strategies. For researchers tired of 'off-the-shelf' measurement tools that don't fit their particular situation, this is a must read.
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|
|Further Elaboration of the Measurement Model|
|Chapter 3: Reliability|
|Continuous Versus Dichotomous Items|
|Relability Based on Correlations Between Scale Scores|
|Summary and Exercises|
|Chapter 4: Validity|
|What About Face Validity?|
|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|
|Chapter 6: Factor Analysis|
|Overview of Factor Analysis|
|Conceptual Description of Factor Analysis|
|Principal Components vs Common Factors|
|Confirmatory Factor Analysis|
|Using Factor Analysis in Scale Development|
|Chapter 7: An Overview of Item Response Theory|
|Item Characteristic Curves|
|Complexities of IRT|
|When to Use IRT|
|Chapter 8: Measurement in the Broader Research Context|
|Before the Scale Development|
|After the Scale Administration|
|About the Author|