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Scale Construction and Psychometrics for Social and Personality Psychology
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Scale Construction and Psychometrics for Social and Personality Psychology



February 2011 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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Providing conceptual and practical foundations in scale construction and psychometrics for producers and consumers of social/personality research, this guide covers basic principles, practices, and processes in scale construction, scale evaluation, scale use, and interpretation of research results in the context of psychological measurement. It explains fundamental concepts and methods related to dimensionality, reliability, and validity. In addition, it provides relatively non-technical introductions to special topics and advanced psychometric perspectives such as Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Generalizability Theory, and Item Response Theory.

The SAGE Library in Social and Personality Psychology Methods provides students and researchers with an understanding of the methods and techniques essential to conducting cutting-edge research.

Each volume within the Library explains a specific topic and has been written by an active scholar (or scholars) with expertise in that particular methodological domain. Assuming no prior knowledge of the topic, the volumes are clear and accessible for all readers. In each volume, a topic is introduced, applications are discussed, and readers are led step by step through worked examples. In addition, advice about how to interpret and prepare results for publication are presented.

 
Introduction
 
Core Principles, Best Practices and an Overview of Scale Construction
 
Response Formats and Item Writing
 
Evaluating Psychometric Properties
Dimensionality and Reliability  
 
Evaluating Psychometric Properties
Validity  
 
Threats to Psychometric Quality
 
Difference Scores
 
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
 
Generalizability Theory
 
Item Response Theory

The book contained the main basic steps with suficient details, when considering scale construction and psychometrics. The content is accessible to graduate students.

Professor Eduardo Remor
Instituto de Psicologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
April 24, 2015

I highly recommended this book to my MSc class in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. While it is not as comprehensive as some treatments of the topic, it provides a terrific entry into the issues involved in designing self-report questionnaires. My students tend to come from outside the psychological sciences, and are therefore the perfect audience for this text.

Dr Jonathan Jong
Anthropology, University of Oxford
November 11, 2013

The course is cancelled due to low enrollment.

Dr Serkan Dolma
Business Administration, Zirve University
October 4, 2013

This book is less developed than I was hoping. For example, the author does not show the effects of measurement error on standard analyses. The chapter on IRT is too elementary for my class.

Mr Patrick Shrout
Psychology Dept, New York University
August 19, 2013

Course limitations prevent inclusion of this. Considered for a psychometrics course, but need more detail for that course.

Dr Marie Hammond
Psychology Dept, Tennessee State University
June 26, 2013

This is an excellent review of the issues in scale construction with solid chapters on CFA and G-Theory which were very useful. I will be recommending this text to Research Methods students on my course.

Mr Antonio Pangallo
Department of Psychology, City University
April 23, 2013

very useful for those conducting research and wishing to design their own scales. May not be relevant to many students, but a great sit on the shelf text for researchers and PhD students alike.

Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson
Health and Life Sciences, The University of the West of England
December 12, 2011

I use as a complement book to the course for Ph.D. psychology students. But this is an excellent book for people who have an understanding of scale construction.

Dr Ernesto Rosario-Hernandez
Psychology , Ponce School of Medicine
September 2, 2011

An excellent book. Exactly what I was looking for in terms of a book to support my teaching of psychometrics. The content of the book closely follows the structure of my module. I will strongly advise students to purchase this.

Dr Richard Trigg
Psychology , Nottingham Trent University
June 13, 2011

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