Construct Validity

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  • The degree to which a construct under investigation is accurately measured and interpreted. Construct validity is viewed in contemporary psychometric theory as a general framework for all other forms of validity (content related, criterion related, etc.). Construct validity is a major concern of researchers who seek evidence to warrant their research findings because without adequate measurement, empirical research cannot be trusted.

    Constructs are characteristics of the human and natural world. Researchers study constructs singularly and in relationship to other constructs. Some examples of constructs are motivation, self-esteem, self-efficacy, stress, dyslexia, and intelligence. Researchers have difficulty measuring many constructs because constructs can have multiple features and might lack agreed-on definitions. Because many constructs are complex and difficult to measure, researchers sometimes rely on multiple operationalism, which is ...

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