ERIC Number: EJ1121100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361 7672
The Development of the Francis Moral Values Scales: A Study among 16- to 18-Year-Old Students Taking Religious Studies at A Level in the UK
Village, Andrew; Francis, Leslie J.
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v37 n3 p347-356 2016
This article reports on the development of scales for measuring moral values in three domains: anti-social behaviour, sex and relationships, and substance use. Students studying religion at A level in 25 schools were invited to respond to 32 Likert items that referred to a wide range of moral issues and behaviours, employing a 5-point response scale. In the first study, responses from 652 students were subject to an exploratory factor analysis, which identified three factors that explained 47% of the variance. Three summated scales were produced that had very good internal consistency reliability: the anti-social behaviour scale (seven items, Cronbach's a = 0.83), the sex and relationships scale (seven items, a = 0.84), and the substance use scale (five items, a = 0.87). In the second study, a repeat survey among the same schools a year later resulted in a second sample of 462 students. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the 19 items identified in the first study could be satisfactorily fitted to a model with the same three latent constructs. These constructs are recommended as a parsimonious way of assessing general moral values among adolescents.
Descriptors: Test Construction, Moral Values, Likert Scales, Attitude Measures, Student Attitudes, Adolescent Attitudes, Secondary School Students, Religious Education, Foreign Countries, Antisocial Behavior, Sexuality, Interpersonal Relationship, Substance Abuse, Moral Issues, Student Behavior, Factor Analysis, Reliability, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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