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Martínez-Martínez, Oscar A.; Ramírez-López, Araceli; Rodríguez-Brito, Anidelys – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
People have been interested in social cohesion and its implications in different areas of social life from the classic sociology authors until today. Besides its multidimensional nature, this complex construct also faces the issue of measurement. For this reason, the objective of this article is to adapt and validate a scale that measures in a…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Foreign Countries, Test Validity, Social Integration
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Menold, Natalja – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
Unlike other data collection modes, the effect of labeling rating scales on reliability and validity, as relevant aspects of measurement quality, has seldom been addressed in online surveys. In this study, verbal and numeric rating scales were compared in split-ballot online survey experiments. In the first experiment, respondents' cognitive…
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Online Surveys, Cognitive Processes, Eye Movements
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Kuppelwieser, Volker G.; Putinas, Aleksa-Carina; Bastounis, Marina – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Extending the discussion on replication in sociology and psychology, this article focuses on the adaption of scales in research. Drawing on a recently published scale, we highlight several validity issues in the scale's composition and development. Using data from two empirical studies, we subsequently show how scales can be tested and adapted. In…
Descriptors: Media Adaptation, Test Validity, Test Construction, Replication (Evaluation)
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Legleye, Stéphane; Charrance, Géraldine; Razafindratsima, Nicolas; Bajos, Nathalie; Bohet, Aline; Moreau, Caroline – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Background: Reliability of nonprobability online volunteer panels for epidemiological purposes has rarely been studied. Objectives: To assess the quality of a questionnaire on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) administered in a nonprobability Web panel and in a random telephone survey (n = 8,992; n = 8,437, age 16-49 years). Especially, we were…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Birth, Questionnaires, Adolescents
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Braumoeller, Bear F. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) has become one of the most prominent methods in the social sciences for capturing causal complexity, especially for scholars with small- and medium-"N" data sets. This research note explores two key assumptions in fsQCA's methodology for testing for necessary and sufficient…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Social Science Research, Research Methodology
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An, Weihua – Sociological Methods & Research, 2016
One interesting idea in social network analysis is the directionality test that utilizes the directions of social ties to help identify peer effects. The null hypothesis of the test is that if contextual factors are the only force that affects peer outcomes, the estimated peer effects should not differ, if the directions of social ties are…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Social Networks, Statistical Analysis, Network Analysis