Scale Development: Theory and Applications / Edition 3

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Overview

This book presents complex concepts in a way that helps students to understand the logic underlying the creation, use, and evaluation of measurement instruments and to develop a more intuitive feel for how scales work. Robert De Vellis demystifies measurement by relating it to familiar experiences and by emphasizing a conceptual rather than a strictly mathematical understanding. Students’ attention is drawn to important concepts that are foundational for subsequent topics, with opportunities provided to test understanding through chapter summaries and exercises.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathy E. Green
“Scale Development is readable, concise, and affordable. Students like the book. It presents formulas but doesn’t emphasize them but rather emphasizes utility, and the book is well-suited for an audience with applied interests.”
Rene Bautista
"The key strength of this text is its ability to present the basic and necessary background on scale construction and measurement for the subsequent material, either in the context of the same first-year graduate course or in future courses during a masters and Ph D program.”
Catherine Horn
“The author has a very nice writing style that makes reasonably complicated technical concepts clear to students who are accessing them for the first time.”
Jonathan Feldman
“This book does an excellent job in explaining complicated topics in test construction at a level that students can understand. The use of specific examples that demonstrate key points is very effective.”
René Bautista
"The key strength of this text is its ability to present the basic and necessary background on scale construction and measurement for the subsequent material, either in the context of the same first-year graduate course or in future courses during a masters and Ph D program.”
Kathy E. Green
“Scale Development is readable, concise, and affordable. Students like the book. It presents formulas but doesn’t emphasize them but rather emphasizes utility, and the book is well-suited for an audience with applied interests.”
René Bautista
"The key strength of this text is its ability to present the basic and necessary background on scale construction and measurement for the subsequent material, either in the context of the same first-year graduate course or in future courses during a masters and PhD program.”
Family Medicine
"Some readers prefer computational illustration while others are more comfortable with verbal explanations. Robert De Vellis provides both."
Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
"Robert De Vellis has written a short primer on multi-item scales that will be of value to any researcher seeking to develop his or her own scale, to evaluate an existing scale, or just to understand more about scale development."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412980449
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Series: Applied Social Research Methods Series , #26
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 238,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert F. De Vellis 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 Scholars Program (School of Medicine). Dr. De Vellis 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 the American 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 Affairs Measurement Excellence Initiative. He has served on the editorial boards of Arthritis Care and Research and Health Education 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 Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator since the early 1980s on a series of research projects funded by the federalgovernment and private foundations.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. Overview
Chapter 2. Understanding the Latent Variable
Chapter 3. Reliability
Chapter 4. Validity
Chapter 5. Guidelines in Scale Development
Chapter 6. Factor Analysis
Chapter 7. An Overview of Item Response Theory
Chapter 8. Measurement in the Broader Research Context
References

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