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Measurement Issues across Different Cultures

Authors
 Lee, JuHee  ;  Jung, DukYoo 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF KOREAN ACADEMY OF NURSING, Vol.36(8) : 1295-1300, 2006 
Journal Title
 JOURNAL OF KOREAN ACADEMY OF NURSING 
ISSN
 2005-3673 
Issue Date
2006
MeSH
Attitude of Health Personnel/ethnology ; Attitude to Health/ethnology ; Bias ; Communication Barriers ; Cross-Cultural Comparison* ; Data Collection/methods* ; Data Collection/standards ; Humans ; Interviews as Topic/methods ; Interviews as Topic/standards ; Nursing Assessment ; Nursing Research/methods* ; Nursing Research/standards ; Philosophy, Nursing ; Psychometrics ; Reproducibility of Results ; Research Design/standards ; Researcher-Subject Relations/psychology ; Transcultural Nursing/methods* ; Transcultural Nursing/standards ; Translating
Keywords
Measurement issues ; Cultures ; Equivalence ; Bias
Abstract
Purpose: The purposes of this methodologic paper are to (1) describe theoretical background in conducting research across different cultures; (2) address measurement issues related to instrument administration; and (3) provide strategies to deal with measurement issues. Methods: A thorough review of the literature was conducted. A theoretical background is provided, and examples of administering instrument in studies are described. Results: When applying an instrument to different cultures, both equivalence and bias need to be established. Three levels of equivalence, i.e., construct equivalence, measurement unit equivalence, and full score comparability, need to be explained to maintain the same concept being measured. In this paper, sources of bias in construct, method, and item are discussed. Issues related to instrument administration in a cross-cultural study are described. Conclusion: Researchers need to acknowledge various group differences in concept and/or language that include a specific set of symbols and norms. There is a need to question the philosophical and conceptual appropriateness of an assessment measure that has been conceptualized and operationalized in a different culture. Additionally, testing different response formats such as narrowing response range can be considered to reduce bias.
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DOI
10.4040/jkan.2006.36.8.1295
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Lee, JuHee(이주희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2805-1622
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/110695
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