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Why Do We Still Have an Impoverished Understanding of the Item Wording Effect? An Empirical Examination
Kam, Chester Chun Seng
2018-08
Source PublicationSOCIOLOGICAL METHODS & RESEARCH
ISSN0049-1241
Volume47Issue:3Pages:574-597
AbstractThe item wording (or keying) effect is respondents' differential response style to positively and negatively worded items. Despite decades of research, the nature of the effect is still unclear. This article proposes a potential reason; namely, that the item wording effect is scale-specific, and thus findings are applicable only to a particular measure involved in an investigation. Using multiple scales and several methods, the present study provides strong and converging support for this hypothesis. In light of the results, we reinterpret major findings of the item wording effect and propose possible future directions for research.
Keywordmultitrait multimethod reverse-keyed items nomological network item wording direction item keying direction
DOI10.1177/0049124115626177
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Language英语
WOS Research AreaMathematical Methods In Social Sciences ; Sociology
WOS SubjectSocial Sciences, Mathematical Methods ; Sociology
WOS IDWOS:000439616800009
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
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Kam, Chester Chun Seng. Why Do We Still Have an Impoverished Understanding of the Item Wording Effect? An Empirical Examination[J]. SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS & RESEARCH,2018,47(3):574-597.
APA Kam, Chester Chun Seng.(2018).Why Do We Still Have an Impoverished Understanding of the Item Wording Effect? An Empirical Examination.SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS & RESEARCH,47(3),574-597.
MLA Kam, Chester Chun Seng."Why Do We Still Have an Impoverished Understanding of the Item Wording Effect? An Empirical Examination".SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS & RESEARCH 47.3(2018):574-597.
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