English title: Determining the structure and assessing the psychometric properties of multidimensional scales constructed from ordinal and pseudo-interval items

Author(s): Anastasia Charalampi - Catherine Michalopoulou - Clive Richardson -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2018

Abstract

Determining the structure and assessing the psychometric properties of multidimensional scales before their application is a prerequisite of scaling theory. This involves splitting randomly a sample of adequate size into two halves and first performing exploratory factor analysis (EFA) on one half-sample in order to assess the construct validity of the scale. Secondly, this structure is validated by carrying out confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) on the second half. As in any statistical analysis -whether univariate, bivariate or multivariate - the first and most important consideration is to ascertain the level of measurement of the input variables, in this instance the defining items of the scale. This guides the correct choice of the methods to be used. In this paper, we carry out the investigation and assessment of the 2006 European Social Survey (ESS) six-dimensional instrument of wellbeing for Germany and Netherlands when items are considered as ordinal and pseudo-interval.

Conference name: SMTDA 2018

Location: Chania, Crete, Greece

Start date: Jun 12, 2018

Type: Paper