Issues and Applications
- Richard G. Netemeyer - University of Virginia, USA
- William O. Bearden - University of South Carolina, USA
- Subhash Sharma - University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA
Effective measurement is a cornerstone of scientific research. Yet many social science researchers lack the tools to develop appropriate assessment instruments for the measurement of latent social-psychological constructs.
Scaling Procedures: Issues and Applications examines the issues involved in developing and validating multi-item self-report scales of latent constructs. Distinguished researchers and award-winning educators Richard G. Netemeyer, William O. Bearden, and Subhash Sharma present a four-step approach for multi-indicator scale development. With these steps, the authors include relevant empirical examples and a review of the concepts of dimensionality, reliability, and validity.
Interdisciplinary in application, this reader-friendly handbook includes
- A discussion of measurement in the social sciences and the importance of theory in scale development
- Techniques for assessing dimensionality of constructs
- An overview of reliability and validity models, theory, and criteria
- Suggestions for generating and judging measurement items
- Recommended procedures for designing and conducting studies to develop the scale
- Confirmatory Factor Analyses (CFA) for finalizing the scale
Scaling Procedures: Issues and Applications supplies cutting-edge strategies for developing and refining measures. Providing concise chapter introductions and summaries, as well as numerous tables, figures, and exhibits, the authors present recommended steps and overlapping activities in a logical, sequential progression.
Designed for graduate students in measurement/psychometrics, structural equation modeling, and survey research seminars across the social science disciplines, Scaling Procedures: Issues and Applications also addresses the needs of researchers and academics in all business, psychology, and sociology-related disciplines.
Chapter 5: Steps 1 and 2: Construct Definition and Judging Measurement Items
"I recommend this book to any researcher (graduate student, academic, social scientist) who is considering developing a summated rating scale. For those who are already sophisticated in psychometrics and data analysis (factor analysis and generalizability theory analysis), the book provides a clear outline of what needs to be done."
This book gives a step by step instruction on how to develop a sound psychological scale, addressing several issues in test construction, e.g. reliability, validity, and recommended strategies for developing and finalizing the scales. The language is easy and the examples are helpful. All in all, it gives a good overview over the topic of test construction and should be useful in curricula on test development, validation and evaluation. A limitation is that some of the methods described are not up-to-date.
A great textbook for those looking the steps on how to design and verify measurement instruments. The language is easy and the examples very helpful. Strongly recommended.
This book is a must have for Ph.d. student whose thesis concentrate in quantitative method and need to prove the reliability and validity of the scale. The author shows a very easy step by step on how to build your reliable measurement scale with the very good examples. If you go through the recommendation, I'm pretty sure that your scale would be generalized.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter One: Introduction and Overview