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Effects of Negatively Worded Items and the Provision of a Warning about the Inclusion of Negatively Worded Items in an Attitude Questionnaire Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
response set
careless responding
negatively worded items
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Riedel, Alexander
Supervisor and department
Rogers, Todd W. (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Poth, Cheryl (Educational Psychology)
Varnhagen, Stanley (Faculty of Extension)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition
Date accepted
2012-09-27T14:51:29Z
Graduation date
2012-09
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
It has been widely demonstrated that the inclusion of negatively worded items in attitude questionnaires can have adverse effects on the responses (Podsakoff, MacKenzie, Lee, & Podsakoff, 2003).The present study examined the effect of a varying number of negatively worded items and the provision of a warning about the inclusion of negatively worded items on the responses of 333 students in a 12 item attitude questionnaire. Five questionnaire forms were used. The results revealed that the varying number of negatively worded items did not have an effect on the responses. The results furthermore indicated that no wording effects associated with negatively worded items were found except for one negatively worded item that exhibited high intensity in its negative form. Another finding was that there is no need for the provision of a warning. The implications of the results for practice and directions for future research are discussed.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R32M0P
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