Thurston, Guttman, and Likert scales

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Thurstone scales: The Thurstone scale is made up of statements about a particular issue and each statement has a numerical value indicating the repsondent’s attitude about the issue, either favorable or unfavorable. People indicate which of the statements with which they agree and the average response is computed. First, you must be very clear about exactly what it is you’re trying to measure. Then, collect statements on the topic ranging from attitudes that are favorable to unfavorable. For this example, we will use same sex marriage. Example statements are It should be against the law. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. Marriage is between a man and a woman. It should be a sin. It’s perfectly appropriate for two consenting adults. It should be legalized. It can harm children. Same sex couples should have the same legal rights as a male/female couple. It’s just horrible. It can’t do any harm. Next, you have judges evaluate, on an 11 point response format (1 very negative to 11 indicating very positive), what kind of attitude each of these statements reflects. For example it’s likely that the statement “It should be a sin.” would be judged to represent a very negative attitude
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2012 for the course SCWK 242 taught by Professor Fredprochaska during the Spring '12 term at San Jose State.

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