This research was supported by the Nanotechnology IPOP theme of Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Self-reported attitude scales: current practice in adequate assessment of reliability, validity, and dimensionality
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2013
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 43, Issue 7, pages 1538–1552, July 2013
How to Cite
Hendrick, T. A. M., Fischer, A. R. H., Tobi, H. and Frewer, L. J. (2013), Self-reported attitude scales: current practice in adequate assessment of reliability, validity, and dimensionality. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43: 1538–1552. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12147
- Issue published online: 11 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 22 MAY 2013
- Nanotechnology IPOP theme of Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
The development of methods to create self-reported attitude scales has lost momentum, in part because of increased research focused on implicit measures. This paper reviews 162 papers on methodological approaches applied to the validation and assessment of attitude scales. Assessment of methodological approaches applied indicates that neither reliability, validity, nor dimensionality assessments are consistently used according to standard operating procedures or in accordance with best practice. Within current practices in the field of attitude scale development, the full potential of self-report scales is not met, in part because of such methodological issues. The improvement of existing practices and adoption of promising new developments in attitude scale construction and evaluation are discussed, together with recommendations for best practice in scale validation.