TITLE

INSTRUMENTATION AND PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTY REPORTING IN CURRENT HEALTH EDUCATION LITERATURE

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Matthew Lee
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2009, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p232
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Survey research methodologies are frequently employed in health education. Advancements in health education research and practice are attributed to researchers' ability to effectively measure social variables. An analysis of content published in four health education journals over two years was conducted using a 26-point rubric. Of articles meeting inclusion criteria, 41.4% reported psychometric properties of data collected with survey instruments. Instrument characteristics and survey administration procedures were inconsistently reported. Publishing detailed information about instrumentation and psychometric properties of data collected with survey instruments enables researchers to determine whether instrument scales are useful and able to consistently measure social phenomenon across study samples. Psychometric property testing should be conducted and reported for data collected each time a survey instrument is administered.
ACCESSION #
43582645

 

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