Discussion: Test-Retest Reliability

Discussion: Test-Retest Reliability

Discussion: Test-Retest Reliability

Sexual Assault

Question(s): be prepared to discuss (2 questions)

1. Please mention at least ten characteristics and/or indicators that a child may have been sexually abused (50 points – 5 points each characteristics and/or indicators)
2. Choose one and discuss/develop (50 points)

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Reading Reflection Chapter 9

“Reliability”

Please submit minimum of 250 word statement (APA style) with references (2) regarding this week chapter reading, explain what are some of the important aspects of this week’s reading, provide examples when possible.

Power point with chapter 9 added.

Measurement is the assignment of number to object or events according to certain rules (Carmines and Zeller, 1979)
Measurement

Measurement is important in quantitative research because:

Quantification allows for powerful statistical analysis

Numbers are often more clearly communicated

Objectivity is increased

Efficiency may be increased
Levels of Measurement

Nominal: a label but nothing more

Categorical: identifies group membership

Ordinal: indicates an order

Interval: also in order but an estimation of distance between the scores

Ratio: order, defined distance, and a zero point
Measurement Error

The sources of error causing unreliability may be one or more of the following:

Measurement is inaccurate or inconsistent

Raters or testers are inaccurate or inconsistent
Measurement Error

The sources of error causing unreliability may be one or more of the following:

Phenomenon being measured varies from one measurement time to the next

The situation is confounding the measurement
Classic Measurement Equation

A type of reliability that is evaluated by administering the same test to the same people or taking the same measurement on the same people after a specified period of time

The results of the two testing times are then compared statistically
Test-Retest Reliability

Factors affecting the test-retest reliability:

Assumes stability in the phenomenon being measured

May be affected by reactivity

Practice effect may also affect reliability
Test-Retest Reliability

Ways to calculate test-retest reliability include:

Pearson product moment correlation

Intraclass correlations (ICCs)
Homogeneity

Cronbach’s alpha can be used to test the homogeneity of items within a measure

It indicates the extent to which all of the items on the test are “behaving” similarly
Homogeneity

Alpha of 0.70 is acceptable for new measures

Alpha of at least 0.80 is expected for established measures

Higher alphas (at least 0.90 or higher) are desirable for use in clinical evaluation
Reliability of Physical Measures

Systematic error: a consistent error

Random error: inconsistent, unpredictable errors

Random errors can cancel each other out unless the researcher know how to detect them by using the technical error of measurement (TEM)
√ ∑ d2 d = the difference between scores of paired examiners

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