By John L. Casti
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Of a scale deemed unidimensional by Guttman criteria in 1952, one component of which has pulled out of line rather markedly in response to phenotypic events in a subsequent period. Our analysis of these trends would have been greatly muddied if we had proceeded with the composite scale taken as a whole. So there is no real reprieve. Investigators wisely seek multiple and scaled measures but there is no guarantee they will remain scales. They may be scattered by the winds of change into component or single items that require individual interpretation.
Miller is white, about 22, has been working for you for three months, and shows an average performance record. The vignette factors are then variedMr. , age 56, black, an employee of 20 years, with an outstanding work record, and her drinking on the job has been observed by a trusted coworker. Respondents are asked to explain how they feel about each concrete instance. When we vary dichotomies on even six variables, as in this example (sex, age, race, length of employment, work performance record, and source of information), 64 (2 to the 6th power) possible vignette combinations resultand many more factors would be of interest as well.
Head, Measures of Occupational Attitudes and Occupational Characteristics (Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, 1969). , Jerrold G. Rusk, and Kendra B. Head, Measures of Political Attitudes (Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, 1968). , and Phillip R. Shaver, Measures of Social-Psychological Attitudes (Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, 1973, rev. ). Need we pretest these tried and true questions? It's a good idea, for two reasons. First, because language constantly changes, and we may catch some of these changes only if interviewers listen carefully and relay respondent comments.