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ERIC Number: EJ938089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0268-1153
Introducing Multidimensional Item Response Modeling in Health Behavior and Health Education Research
Allen, Diane D.; Wilson, Mark
Health Education Research, v21 n1 pi73-i84 Dec 2006
When measuring participant-reported attitudes and outcomes in the behavioral sciences, there are many instances when the common measurement assumption of unidimensionality does not hold. In these cases, the application of a multidimensional measurement model is both technically appropriate and potentially advantageous in substance. In this paper, we illustrate the usefulness of a multidimensional approach to measurement using an empirical example taken from the Behavior Change Consortium. Data from the Treatment Self-Regulation Questionnaire have been analyzed to investigate whether self-regulation can be regarded as a single construct, or if it has multiple dimensions based on the type of regulation or motivation that participants say helps them consider an improvement in healthy behavior. Comparison with consecutive analyses shows the advantages of multidimensional measurement for interpreting participant-reported data. (Contains 5 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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