Guttman scale

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Gutt·man scale

a measurement scale that ranks response categories to a question with each unit representing an increasingly strong expression of an attribute such as pain or disability.
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Gutt·man scale

(gūt'mahn skāl)
A measurement scale that ranks categories of responses to a question, with each unit representing an increasingly strong expression of an attribute such as pain or disability.
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Louis, Israeli psychologist, 1906–.
Guttman scale - attitude scale. Synonym(s): cumulative scale
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The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Inventory (RSE), (1965) was used as a self-report Guttman scale consisting of 10 items, each being ranked on a four-point scale of one to four for the present study.
Over a number of trials the RSE has achieved a Guttman Scale coefficient of reproducibility of .92, indicating excellent internal consistency.
Likert scale, Thurstone scale and Guttman scale to deal with qualitative data are explained in chapter ten.
He looks at the Guttman scale, the imperfect cumulative scale, confirmation or exploration, an example of a cumulative scale: American religious beliefs, the probabilistic dominance model: monotome homogeneity and double monotonicity, cumulative scaling with polytomous items, and remaining issues.
During development, Lyle (1981) used Guttman scale analysis to ensure that items were truly hierarchical.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) annual hospital survey data on hospital services were used to create a Guttman scale of service capacity as discussed later.
Rather than creating an aggregate measure by simply taking the average of the different transparency measures in the FJMRS data set, we considered to what extent the FJMRS indicators can be arranged to form a Guttman scale. Its major advantage is that, unlike an average of several variables, a Guttman scale constructed from several indicators does not result in a loss of information through aggregation.
Table 2 lists state Guttman scale scores according to allowable state investments.
The construction, validation and use of a Guttman scale of adolescent substance use: An investigation of family relationships.
Geurts, Buunk & Schaufeli (1994) demonstrated that the items on this scale constitute a unidimensional Guttman scale, which means that most participants who indicated that the reason for absence in, for example, item two would be tolerated, also responded affirmatively to all subsequent items (3 and 4) that leave employees less freedom of choice to report sick.
When one item from the Household scale was dropped (|Do you manage your own money when you are out?') an acceptable Guttman scale was produced, referred to as |Household(2)'.