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ERIC Number: EJ865291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1082-989X
A General Approach for Estimating Scale Score Reliability for Panel Survey Data
Biemer, Paul P.; Christ, Sharon L.; Wiesen, Christopher A.
Psychological Methods, v14 n4 p400-412 Dec 2009
Scale score measures are ubiquitous in the psychological literature and can be used as both dependent and independent variables in data analysis. Poor reliability of scale score measures leads to inflated standard errors and/or biased estimates, particularly in multivariate analysis. Reliability estimation is usually an integral step to assess data quality in the analysis of scale score data. Cronbach's [alpha] is a widely used indicator of reliability but, due to its rather strong assumptions, can be a poor estimator (L. J. Cronbach, 1951). For longitudinal data, an alternative approach is the simplex method; however, it too requires assumptions that may not hold in practice. One effective approach is an alternative estimator of reliability that relaxes the assumptions of both Cronbach's [alpha] and the simplex estimator and thus generalizes both estimators. Using data from a large-scale panel survey, the benefits of the statistical properties of this estimator are investigated, and its use is illustrated and compared with the more traditional estimators of reliability. (Contains 4 footnotes, 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Language: English
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