ERIC Number: ED107712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Psychosocial Maturity: A Preliminary Examination of Validation Techniques. Report No. 157.
Starr, B. James
Employed were a small sample of fifth graders to examine techniques for assessing the validity of psychosocial maturity (PSM) and the scales used to measure it. Three validation techniques were examined: (1) Data obtained from self-report scales, teacher ratings, and peer ratings were used to generate three multitrait-multimethod matrices (total sample, boys, and girls), and the criteria outlined by Campbell and Fiske (1959) were applied to examine these matrices; (2) a technique was devised to assess the degree to which independent raters could predict the pattern of relationships among PSM and other scale scores; and (3) PSM subscales were used to generate regression coefficients predicting rated traits. Validity studies in general and some implications for the validation of a new PSM scale are discussed. A major implication for future studies is that validation of component subscales of PSM, rather than of the multidimensional construct as a whole, should be attempted. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.