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Health Measurement ScalesA practical guide to their development and use$
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David L. Streiner and Geoffrey R. Norman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231881.001.0001

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(p.247) Chapter 10 Validity
Health Measurement Scales

David L. Streiner

Geoffrey R. Norman

Oxford University Press

Over the past 50 years, the meaning of ‘validity’ has changed. It no longer is seen as an intrinsic property of the test, but as an interaction among the scale, those who are completing it, and the circumstances under which it is taken. Furthermore, there are not different ‘types’ of validity, but only different procedures to assess construct validity. This chapter discusses the various ways of establishing construct validity: content validation, concurrent criterion validation, and predictive criterion validation.

Keywords:   construct validity, content validation, criterion validation, test, types of validity

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