ERIC Number: EJ1076268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
An Investigation of the Correctness of Item Assignment on the Subscales of the Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire and Its Temporal Stability
Roszkowski, Michael J.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v15 n4 p463-488 Feb 2014
The Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire (SACQ) was administered to first year students during the fifth week of their first semester and then again at the end of the semester. The primary purpose was to examine item-remainder correlations to determine if the items are placed correctly into their respective domains. A secondary aim was to assess the temporal stability of the scores. The most suspicious are items 9, 14, 21, 23, 49, 32, and 56, but the major concern with the SACQ is the multidimensional nature of the majority of items rather than improper assignment of items to domains. Domain temporal stability (Pearson "r") was: Social Adjustment = 0.60, Attachment = 0.50, Personal-Emotional Adjustment = 0.43, and Academic Adjustment = 0.35; the stability of the Total Score was "r" = 0.44. Suggestions are offered for revising the scale and for proper use of the current version given the identified issues.
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Student Adjustment, College Freshmen, Writing Instruction, Introductory Courses, Item Analysis, Reliability, Social Adjustment, Academic Persistence, Emotional Adjustment, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire