A Comparison of the Thurstone and Likert Techniques of Attitude Scale Construction

Edwards, Allen L.; Kenney, Kathryn Claire
February 1946
Journal of Applied Psychology;Feb46, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p72
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the study which compares the method of equal appearing intervals developed by L. L. Thurstone and E. J. Chave against the method of summated ratings developed by R. Likert. Accordingly, these two methods of attitude scale construction are the two most frequently used methods as of 1946. To have a valid comparison of the two techniques, 72 members of an introductory psychology class at the University of Maryland were solicited of their comments about the Thurstone method and the Likert method. Another class were likewise tested with the use of these techniques. The data, when analyzed, revealed that the evidence indicates that the attitude of the judging group is not an important factor determining the scale values of items sorted by the Thurstone technique.


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