Measurement in Health Behavior. Methods for Research and Evaluation. Jossey–Bass Public Health

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  • Book
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Measurement in Health Behavior

Measurement in Health Behavior is a practical, step–by–step introduction to the wide variety of measurement methods in the field of health behavior research. The text addresses the practical issues related to the development of measures of health behavior and provides information on how to conduct the reliability and validity tests.

Measurement in Health Behavior offers faculty, students, researchers, and public health professionals the information they need to improve their knowledge of instrument development and testing and their understanding of reliability and validity testing discussed in articles and reports. The book also helps improve students′ and professionals′ ability to conduct basic tests for reliability and validity and hones their skills in interpreting the results of data analysis. Based on data collected from the author′s more than ten years of research and program development, Measurement in Health Behavior provides realistic examples from the public health arena to clearly demonstrate the book′s concepts.

A comprehensive resource, Measurement in Health Behavior

  • Presents a brief description of the different types of measures that are used to collect data about health behavior or associated factors
  • Includes strategies for reducing measurement errors
  • Offers information about survey development and knowledge test construction
  • Covers information about scale development and includes important information related to the analysis of concepts
  • Presents basic statistical concepts and puts the focus on reliability
  • Offers a presentation of classical test theory and includes the different types of reliability assessment
  • Includes several strategies for assessing validity and presents the basic principles of factor analysis
  • Contains an elementary description of item response theory
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Tables, Figures, and Exhibits.


The Author.

1. Introduction to Measurement.

2. Types of Measures.

3. Measurement Error.

4. Survey Development.

5. Knowledge Tests.

6. Theory and Measurement.

7. Item Writing and Scaling.

8. Review of Statistical Concepts.

9. Fundamentals of Reliability.

10. Reliability Assessment and Item Analysis.

11. Validity.

12. Factor Analysis.

13. Item Response Theory.



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Colleen Konicki Di Iorio, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N, is a professor in the department of behavioral sciences and health education at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and the associate editor ofThe Journal of Nursing Measurement. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on research and measurement methods in public health. Di Iorio is a contributor to the third edition ofHealth Education and Health Behavior from Jossey–Bass.
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