Scale Development: Theory and Applications (Applied Social Research Methods)

Scale Development: Theory and Applications (Applied Social Research Methods)
By Robert F. DeVellis

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In the Fourth Edition of Scale Development, Robert F. DeVellis demystifies measurement by emphasizing a logical rather than strictly mathematical understanding of concepts. The text supports readers in comprehending newer approaches to measurement, comparing them to classical approaches, and grasping more clearly the relative merits of each. This edition addresses new topics pertinent to modern measurement approaches and includes additional exercises and topics for class discussion.


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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #105139 in Books
  • Published on: 2016-04-25
  • Released on: 2016-04-25
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x .64" w x 6.00" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 280 pages

Editorial Reviews

Review
This is the foremost text on scale development for both the experienced and novice researcher alike.--Richard Conti

"This is the foremost text on scale development for both the experienced and novice researcher alike."--Richard Conti

"The Fourth Edition captures the recent development in measurement (e.g., alternatives to Alpha, bifactor model, hierarchical factor model, and available tools in R) by explaining concepts using accessible languages and examples."--Shuyan Sun

"The Fourth Edition of Scale Development incorporates practical examples and exercises to aid in student learning and understanding the fundamentals of measurement. The text continues to be a go-to resource for scholars and students alike." --Stephen W. Dittmore

PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION "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."--Rene Bautista"

"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."--Jonathan Feldman, Yeshiva University

"The Fourth Edition captures the recent development in measurement (e.g., alternatives to Alpha, bifactor model, hierarchical factor model, and available tools in R) by explaining concepts using accessible languages and examples."--Shuyan Sun

"The Fourth Edition of Scale Development incorporates practical examples and exercises to aid in student learning and understanding the fundamentals of measurement. The text continues to be a go-to resource for scholars and students alike." --Stephen W. Dittmore

-This is the foremost text on scale development for both the experienced and novice researcher alike.---Richard Conti

-The Fourth Edition captures the recent development in measurement (e.g., alternatives to Alpha, bifactor model, hierarchical factor model, and available tools in R) by explaining concepts using accessible languages and examples.---Shuyan Sun

-The Fourth Edition of Scale Development incorporates practical examples and exercises to aid in student learning and understanding the fundamentals of measurement. The text continues to be a go-to resource for scholars and students alike.- --Stephen W. Dittmore

-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.---Jonathan Feldman, Yeshiva University

PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION

"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."--Rene Bautista

Review
"This is the foremost text on scale development for both the experienced and novice researcher alike." (Richard Conti)

"The Fourth Edition captures the recent development in measurement (e.g., alternatives to Alpha, bifactor model, hierarchical factor model, and available tools in R) by explaining concepts using accessible languages and examples." (Shuyan Sun)

"The Fourth Edition of Scale Development incorporates practical examples and exercises to aid in student learning and understanding the fundamentals of measurement. The text continues to be a go-to resource for scholars and students alike." (Stephen W. Dittmore)

PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION

"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." (René Bautista)

"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." (Jonathan Feldman, Yeshiva University)

About the Author

Prior to retiring in 2012, Robert F. DeVellis was Professor in the Department of Health Behavior,  (Gillings School of Global Public Health) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. DeVellis has more than 35 years of experience in the measurement of psychological and social variables. He has been an active member of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) consortium, a multisite National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap initiative directed at identifying, modifying, testing, and disseminating outcome measures for use by NIH investigators. His role in PROMIS was as network-wide domain chair for Social Outcomes. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Health Psychology (38), on the Arthritis Foundation’s Clinical/Outcomes/Therapeutics Research Study Section, and on the Advisory Board of the Veterans Affairs Measurement Excellence Initiative. He is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals and  is an associate editor of Arthritis Care and Research. In addition, he has served as guest editor, guest associate editor, or reviewer for more than two dozen other journals. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator since the early 1980s on a series of research projects funded by the federal government and private foundations.  He remains intellectually active in his editorial role and as a consultant on a variety of projects.


Customer Reviews

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent book!!!!!
By Donna166
Love this book! You need a basic knowledge of statistics to understand some of the content, but the author explains complex psychometric in simple terms (with a basic stats understanding). The author really did an excellent job of going over the issues related to different ways of assessing reliability and validity. I highly recommend this book if you really want to understand psychometrics.

Note - it does not go into detail on Item Response Theory or Multi-trait Multi-method, you would need different books for this. However, the topics it does get into are very detailed.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Intro
By sand57
This book is a great introduction to psychometrics. If you knowledge of scale creation is somewhere between nothing and a moderate amount, then this book is for you. The book contains many helpful hints (such as how to generate questions/items) and helps make sure that you have a solid psychometrics foundation. So, make sure that you read it before you create your scale and pilot test it.

However, the book does not always give a ton of details. This can be both positive and negative. It is more of an outline about what to do than a detailed step-by-step guide. For instance, it explains how reliability is calculated for a 5-point scale (e.g., strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree, strongly agree) but it does not explain how reliability is calculated for a dichotomous scale (e.g., true, false). Other times, though, it gives solid details (e.g., your scale's pilot test should contain 3-4 times the number of items you want your final scale to have).

Nevertheless, if you need to brush up on scale creation concepts, you can read this entire book in a weekend and be in good shape. If you have ever taken an introduction to statistics course, then you will not be overwhelmed by the statistics in this book as the book is much more conceptual than technical.

I'd recommend that you buy it and keep it on your shelf as a quick reference guide. I plan on referring back to it frequently, but I also plan on buying a more detailed psychometrics book.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5It is easily accessible (i
By angel00seven
I am using this book for a scale development course at university. It is easily accessible (i.e. well-written). Most helpful in building a framework of scale development process, plus providing enough detail regarding things to consider, for example in and how to proceed with the item writing process and more. All in all, a great book, and well worth to have.

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