The authors thank Kathryn Rickard and Janet S. Hyde for permission to work with the FIS and FIDS, respectively.
ASSESSING WOMEN'S FEMINIST IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT Studies of Convergent, Discriminant, and Structural Validity
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 15–29, March 2000
How to Cite
Fischer, A. R., Tokar, D. M., Mergl, M. M., Good, G. E., Hill, M. S. and Blum, S. A. (2000), ASSESSING WOMEN'S FEMINIST IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT Studies of Convergent, Discriminant, and Structural Validity. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24: 15–29. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2000.tb01018.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Initial submission: May 27, 1998 Initial acceptance: September 29, 1998 Final acceptance: September 29, 1998
Researchers have called for increasing sophistication in the assessment of women's feminist identity development (Enns & Hackett, 1990; Hackett, Enns, & Zetzer, 1992) to understand important psychological processes. This series of studies examined recent efforts to operationalize Downing and Roush's (1985) model of feminist identity development. Specifically, the psychometric properties of two existing measures—the Feminist Identity Development Scale (Bargad & Hyde, 1991) and the Feminist Identity Scale (Rickard, 1987)—were examined in two studies with separate samples of women (total N= 486). Results of Study 1 indicated the strengths and significant limitations associated with each scale (e.g., low internal consistency for some subscales, item-subscale inconsistency). A composite measure (derived from these scales) with better overall psychometric properties is described. In Study 2, we found good support for the composite instrument's internal consistency, as well as convergent, discriminant, and factorial validity in a sample that included a wide age range and nonstudent community residents.