TITLE

SO YOU WANT TO DEVELOP A SURVEY: PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCALE DEVELOPMENT

AUTHOR(S)
Barry, Adam E.; Chaney, Elizabeth H.; Stellefson, Michael L.; Chaney, J. Don
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2011, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p97
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Scale development represents a salient tool in the repertoire of public health education practitioners and researchers. However, too few professionals have a clear understanding of the complexities and intricacies associated with the development of a survey. Consequently, the purpose of this article is to a) briefly describe inherent issues associated with scale development; and b) provide a step-by-step decision-making process to guide practitioners in developing their own scale. Discussion is devoted to the theoretical foundations of scale development, validity, reliability, and essential pretesting stages. The scale development steps, outlined in this article, provide investigators with the general process involved in planning, developing and validating a new scale. By using the outlined steps discussed in this article, investigators can reduce survey error (i.e. measurement error, nonresponse error) and their associated consequences, providing creditability to the data being collected and analyzed.
ACCESSION #
67311181

 

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