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ERIC Number: ED460157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 28
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Assessing the Multidimensionality of a Unidimensional Scale: The Problems and Potential of the Need for Closure Scale for Educational Research.
Crowson, H. Michael
The dispositional motivation of individuals to engage in information processing was studied through an instrument, the Need for Closure Scale (NFCS) (A. Kruglanski and others, 1996), developed to measure differences in the need for structure and closure. One goal of the two studies reported was to address criticisms related to the dimensionality of the measure and issues pertaining to its use as a unidimensional measure. The first study considered the proposed two-factor structure of the scale through the responses of 478 undergraduate students who also completed the Schommer Belief Scale (SBS) (M. Schommer, 1990). Results suggest that the NFCS is not unidimensional. The correlations between the NFCS and the SBS subscales demonstrated differential patterns, and exploratory factor analysis suggested two factors. A second study in which 210 college students completed the NFCS and the Defining Issues Test also suggested that the NFCS is multidimensional. Nevertheless, the instrument appears useful for educational research, although, until measurement issues are resolved, it is not appropriate to use the NFCS in clinical or educational practice. (Contains 2 figures and 35 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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