Validity and Validation in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

  • Bruno D. Zumbo
  • Eric K.H. Chan

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 54)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Opening Section

  3. Quality of Life, Wellbeing, and Life Satisfaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Bruno D. Zumbo, Eric K. H. Chan, Michelle Y. Chen, Wen Zhang, Ira Darmawanti, Olievia P. Mulyana
      Pages 27-34
    3. Eric K. H. Chan, David W. Munro, Alexander H. S. Huang, Bruno D. Zumbo, Roya Vojdanijahromi, Neelam Ark
      Pages 67-87
  4. Psychology and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Katie E. Gunnell, Benjamin J. I. Schellenberg, Philip M. Wilson, Peter R. E. Crocker, Diane E. Mack, Bruno D. Zumbo
      Pages 137-156
    3. Hillary L. McBride, Rachel M. Wiens, Marvin J. McDonald, Daniel W. Cox, Eric K. H. Chan
      Pages 157-174
    4. Katie E. Gunnell, Philip M. Wilson, Bruno D. Zumbo, Peter R. E. Crocker, Diane E. Mack, Benjamin J. I. Schellenberg
      Pages 175-191
  5. Health and Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Eric K. H. Chan, Bruno D. Zumbo, Michelle Y. Chen, Wen Zhang, Ira Darmawanti, Olievia P. Mulyana
      Pages 217-228
    3. Eric K. H. Chan, Bruno D. Zumbo, Wen Zhang, Michelle Y. Chen, Ira Darmawanti, Olievia P. Mulyana
      Pages 243-255
    4. Eric K. H. Chan, Bruno D. Zumbo, Ira Darmawanti, Olievia P. Mulyana
      Pages 257-265

About this book

Introduction

This book combines an overview of validity theory, trends in validation practices, and a review of standards and guidelines in several international jurisdictions with research synthesis of the validity evidence in different research areas.  An overview of theory is both useful and timely, in view of the increased use of tests and measures for decision-making, ranking, and policy purposes in large-scale testing, assessment, and social indicators and quality of life research. Research synthesis is needed to help us assemble, critically appraise, and integrate the overwhelming volume of research on validity in different contexts. Rather than examining whether any given measure is “valid”, the focus is on a critical appraisal of the kinds of validity evidence reported in the published research literature. The five sources of validity evidence discussed are: content-related, response processes, internal structure, associations with other variables, and consequences.  The 15 syntheses included here, represent a broad sampling of psychosocial, health, medical, and educational research settings, giving us an extensive evidential basis to build upon earlier studies. The book concludes with a meta-synthesis of the 15 syntheses, and a discussion of the current thinking of validation practices by leading experts in the field.

Keywords

QoL and Life Satisfaction Research Synthesis of Validity Evidence Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing The Satisfaction with Life Scale Validity Studies in Educational and Psychological Measurement Validity Theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruno D. Zumbo
    • 1
  • Eric K.H. Chan
    • 2
  1. 1.Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) Program, Department of Educational and Counseling, Psychology, and Special EducationThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) Program Department of Educational and Counseling, Psychology, and Special EducationThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07794-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07793-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07794-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0099
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