ERIC Number: ED265219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
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The Dimensionality of Agreement and Importance for Attitude Scales.
Dewalt, Mark W.; Loyd, Brenda H.
Attitude measurement through Likert-type surveys usually provides no opportunity to assess the importance of the statements of the subjects. This study, involving 479 graduate and undergraduate students, examines the question of whether importance and agreement measures have different underlying dimensions, and examines the question of whether the addition of an importance measure to an agreement measure will change these dimensions. The instrument used for this study was a university environment attitude survey, including 25 statements describing characteristics of atmosphere. Subjects were grouped into three randomly equivalent groups of 160 each. A factor analytic procedure was conducted for each of the three groups. Findings indicate that importance and agreement measures have similar underlying dimensions, and that the addition of an unimportance measure to an agreement measure will not change these dimensions. (Author/LMO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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