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Key Concepts in Measurement

Brian E. Perron and David F. Gillespie

Abstract

Measurement refers generally to the process of assigning a numeric value to, or ordering characteristics or traits of, entities under study so, ideally, the labels accurately represent the characteristic measured. Measurement is necessary for building and testing theory, specifying problems, and de?ning goals. It is arguably one of the most important and difficult tasks in social work research. Social work researchers who are not expert in developing, selecting, and using measures will not be able to contribute maximally to the social work knowledge base. Such knowledge and skills related to m ... More

Keywords: measurement, validity, reliability, classical test theory, latent variables, scale construction, psychometrics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199855483
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855483.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian E. Perron, author
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Assistant Professor of Social Work

David F. Gillespie, author
Washington University in St. Louis, Professor of Social Work