Psychometric and substantive issues in scale construction and validation

Fritz Drasgow, Howard E. Miller

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Presents a procedure for assessing the success of a scale in measuring an underlying construct. This procedure (a) provides a quantitative index of the relation between a scale and its underlying factor, (b) provides guidance in interpreting reliability coefficients, (c) indicates 1 case where the multitrait-multimethod procedure may lead researchers astray, and (d) aids development of scales suggested by clearly articulated theory. The 5 Job Descriptive Index scales were examined with this procedure in Exp I with 1,046 retail employees. Each scale was found to relate highly with a single underlying construct. In contrast, results for the Job Characteristic Inventory scales completed by 851 National Guard members in Exp II are less compelling and suggest that 3 of these scales (task identity, task variety, and dealing with others) may benefit from further refinement. (25 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-279
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1982


  • procedure for determination of scale's validity, correlation of Job Descriptive Index vs Job Characteristic Inventory scales with underlying construct, retail employees & National Guard members

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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