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Journal of Applied Measurement

Angela Robertson, David T Morse, Kristina Hood, Courtney Walker
Ample evidence exists in support of the influence of media, both traditional and electronic, on perceptions and engagement with alcohol marketing. We describe the development, calibration, and evidence for technical quality and utility for a new measure, the Alcohol Marketing Engagement Scale. Using two samples of college undergraduates (n1 = 199, n2 = 732), we collected field test responses to a total of 13 items. Initial support for scale validity is presented via correlations with attributes previously shown to be related to alcohol engagement...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
Kristin L K Koskey, Renee R Mudrey, Wondimu Ahmed
The purpose of this research was to estimate the reliability of the scores produced from and validity of the inferences drawn from the revised 90-item Teachers' Emotion Questionnaire consisting of three measures: frequency of emotional expressivity, self-efficacy for regulation of emotional expressivity when teaching, and self-efficacy for regulation of context-specific emotional expressivity. A void exists in an instrument assessing teachers' regulation and communication of their emotions. One-hundred seventeen practicing teachers participated in this study at Time 1 and 46 at Time 2...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
Jeremy Kyle Jennings, George Engelhard
This study describes an approach for examining model-data fit for the dichotomous Rasch model using Tukey-Hann item response functions (TH-IRFs). The procedure proposed in this paper is based on an iterative version of a smoothing technique proposed by Tukey (1977) for estimating nonparametric item response functions (IRFs). A root integrated squared error (RISE) statistic (Douglas and Cohen, 2001) is used to compare the TH-IRFs to the Rasch IRFs. Data from undergraduate students at a large university are used to demonstrate this iterative smoothing technique...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
Adam E Wyse
Scale anchoring is a method to provide additional meaning to particular scores at different points along a score scale by identifying representative items associated with the particular scores. These items are then analyzed to write statements of what types of performance can be expected of a person with the particular scores to help test takers and other stakeholders better understand what it means to achieve the different scores. This article provides simple formulas that can be used to identify possible items to serve as scale anchors with the Rasch model...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
Christophe Chenier, Gilles Raiche, Nadine Talbot, Bianca Carignan, Celine Gelinas
Patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) are often unable to report their pain, which is a problem since untreated pain is associated with negative health outcomes. The use of behavioral pain scales are recommended for the detection of the presence of pain in this vulnerable population. Previous validation studies have used classical techniques, and several psychometrics properties remain unknown. In this paper, data obtained from a behavioral checklist of dichotomized items was utilized to evaluate the instrument's dimensionality, its construct validity and its capacity to distinguish between levels of pain by using Rasch measurement...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
Rose E Stafford, Christopher R Runyon, Jodi M Casabianca, Barbara G Dodd
This study examined the performance of four methods of handling missing data for discrete response options on a questionnaire: (1) ignoring the missingness (using only the observed items to estimate trait levels); (2) nearest-neighbor hot deck imputation; (3) multiple hot deck imputation; and (4) semi-parametric multiple imputation. A simulation study examining three questionnaire lengths (41-, 20-, and 10-item) crossed with three levels of missingness (10, 25, and 40 percent) was conducted to see which methods best recovered trait estimates when data were missing completely at random and the polytomous items were scored with Andrich's (1978) rating scale model...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
Brett Berg, Karen Atler, Anne G Fisher
Rasch methods were used to evaluate and further develop the Daily Experiences of Pleasure, Productivity, and Restoration Profile (PPR Profile) into a health outcome measure of occupational experience. Analyses of 263 participant PPR Profiles focused on rating scale structure, dimensionality, and reliability. All rating scale categories increased with the intended meaning of the scales, but only 20 of the 21 category measures fit the Rasch rating scale model (RRSM). Several items also did not fit the RRSM and results of residual principal components analyses suggested possible second dimensions in each scale...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
Mei-Teng Ling
The importance of instilling leadership skills in students has always been a main subject of discussion in Malaysia. Malaysian Secondary School Students Leadership Inventory (M3SLI) is an instrument which has been piloted tested in year 2013. The main purpose of this study is to examine and optimize the functioning of the rating scale categories in M3SLI by investigating the rating scale category counts, average and expected rating scale category measures, and steps calibrations. In detail, the study was aimed to (1) identify whether the five-point rating scale was functioning as intended and (2) review the effect of a rating scale category revision on the psychometric characteristics of M3SLI...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Christie Martin, Richard Lambert, Drew Polly, Chuang Wang, David Pugalee
The purpose of this study was to examine the measurement properties of the Assessing Math Concepts AMC Anywhere Hiding and Ten Frame Assessments, formative assessments of primary students' number sense skills. Each assessment has two parts, where Part 1 is intended to be foundational skills for part two. Part 1 includes manipulatives whereas Part 2 does not. Student data from 228 kindergarten through second grade teachers with a total of 3,666 students was analyzed using Rasch scaling. Data analyses indicated that when the two assessments were examined separately the intended order of item difficulty was clear...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Zi Yan
Self-assessment is a core skill that enables students to engage in self-regulated learning. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of a Self-assessment Practice Scale and to depict the characteristics of self-assessment practices of Hong Kong secondary students using this newly developed instrument. A total of 6,125 students from 10 Hong Kong secondary schools completed the survey. Both Rasch and factor analyses revealed a two-dimension scale structure (i.e., Self-directed Feedback Seeking and Self-reflection)...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Alexandra Rouquette, Jean-Benoit Hardouin, Joel Coste
OBJECTIVE: To determine the conditions in which the estimation of a difference between groups for a construct evaluated using a composite measurement scale is biased if the presence of Differential Item Functioning (DIF) is not taken into account. METHODS: Datasets were generated using the Partial Credit Model to simulate 642 realistic scenarios. The effect of seven factors on the bias on the estimated difference between groups was evaluated using ANOVA: sample size, true difference between groups, number of items in the scale, proportion of items showing DIF, DIF-size for these items, position of these items location parameters along the latent trait, and uniform/non-uniform DIF...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Ickpyo Hong, Annie N Simpson, Chih-Ying Li, Craig A Velozo
This study demonstrated the development of a measurement model for gross upper-extremity function (GUE). The dependent variable was the Rasch calibration of the 27 ICF-GUE test items. The predictors were object weight, lifting distance from floor, carrying, and lifting. Multiple regression was used to investigate the contribution that each independent variable makes to the model with 203 outpatients. Object weight and lifting distance were the only statistically and clinically significant independent variables in the model, accounting for 83% of the variance (p < 0...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Adam E Wyse
This article discusses sample size and probability threshold considerations in the use of the tailored data method with the Rasch model. In the tailored data method, one performs an initial Rasch analysis and then reanalyzes data after setting item responses to missing that are below a chosen probability threshold. A simple analytical formula is provided that can be used to check whether or not the application of the tailored data method with a chosen probability threshold will create situations in which the number of remaining item responses for the Rasch calibration will or will not meet minimum sample size requirements...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Kelly D Bradley, Michael R Peabody, Richard K Mensah
For academic conferences, when proposals are submit they are often judged using a rating scale on identified criterion by reviewers who have a shared interest and expertise in the area under consideration. Given the multiple and varied reviewers, an analysis of psychometric properties like rater severity and consistency are important. However, many of the problems that plague the conference proposal selection process are the same issues that plague survey research: rater bias/severity, misuse of rating scale, and the use of raw scores as measures...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
David Andrich
Test theories imply statistical, local independence. Where local independence is violated, models of modern test theory that account for it have been proposed. One violation of local independence occurs when the response to one item governs the response to a subsequent item. Expanding on a formulation of this kind of violation between two items in the dichotomous Rasch model, this paper derives three related implications. First, it formalises how the polytomous Rasch model for an item constituted by summing the scores of the dependent items absorbs the dependence in its threshold structure...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
David Andrich
Contains a correction to Table 5 in original publication appearing in Journal of Applied Measurement, 17, 262-282.
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Patty Kero, Daniel Lee
Likert-type scales are popular in educational research and often times analyzed using parametric tests. Implied in this kind of study is a general assumption that these data are interval in nature. The authors contend that this is an incorrect supposition as Likert type data are actually ordinal, hence any analysis should be restricted to non-parametric investigations. Such confusion is understandable as Likert-type responses are assigned numbers signifying varying degrees of agreement with respect to behaviors or attitudes giving rise to a certain quantitative air to these data...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Mary Anne Krogh, Timothy Muckle
Alternative items were added as scored items to the National Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists (NCE) in 2010. A common concern related to the new items has been their measurement attributes. This study was undertaken to evaluate the psychometric impact of adding these items to the examination. Candidates had a significantly higher ability estimate in alternative items than in multiple choice questions and 6.7 percent of test candidates performed significantly differently in alternative item formats...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Carol T Kostovich, Beyza Aksu Dunya, Lee A Schmidt, Eileen G Collins
The phenomenon of nursing presence encompasses the emotional connection between nurse and patient, and technical skills performed by the nurse. The Presence of Nursing Scale-RN version (PONS-RN) was developed to measure nurses' perceptions of their ability to be present to their patients. This study summarizes the process of re-evaluation of the psychometric properties of the PONS-RN instrument. A sample of 76 registered nurses providing direct patient care responded to the 31-item questionnaire. The Rasch rating scale model was used for assessing construct validity of PONS-RN data...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
Melissa C Hoffmann
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument that measures response to acute trauma exposure for firefighter and emergency medical service (EMS) personnel. The Acute Trauma Exposure Response Scale (ATERS) was intended to assess firefighter and EMS personnel response to acute trauma exposure from analytical, emotional, and physical perspectives. METHODS: Data were analyzed on 97 firefighter and EMS personnel employed by a fire department in a mid-sized city in a western state...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
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