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ERIC Number: EJ816565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
A Psychometric Investigation of the Suicide Opinion Questionnaire
Anderson, Amy L.; Lester, David; Rogers, James R.
Death Studies, v32 n10 p924-936 Nov 2008
The factor structure of the Suicide Opinion Questionnaire (SOQ) was investigated in 2 studies. In the first study, the SOQ was administered to 568 participants to investigate the relative strength of 3 competing latent structure models previously identified in the literature. Confirmatory factor analyses provided no support for any of the prior models. An exploratory factor analysis of these data resulted in a weak 2-factor structure accounting for only 15.33% of the common variance. In the second study, this 2-factor structure was evaluated using SOQ data from 288 college students. Confirmatory factor analysis results failed to support the 2-factor model. Based on these results, the authors recommend that future research efforts should focus on developing a more contemporary and psychometrically sound measure of attitudes toward suicide. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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