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The Wiley Handbook of Psychometric Testing: A Multidisciplinary Reference on Survey, Scale and Test Development, 2 Volume Set



The Wiley Handbook of Psychometric Testing: A Multidisciplinary Reference on Survey, Scale and Test Development, 2 Volume Set

Paul Irwing (Editor), Tom Booth (Editor), David J. Hughes (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-48970-3 March 2018 Wiley-Blackwell 1064 Pages



A must-have resource for researchers, practitioners, and advanced students interested or involved in psychometric testing

Over the past hundred years, psychometric testing has proved to be a valuable tool for measuring personality, mental ability, attitudes, and much more. The word ‘psychometrics’ can be translated as ‘mental measurement’; however, the implication that psychometrics as a field is confined to psychology is highly misleading. Scientists and practitioners from virtually every conceivable discipline now use and analyze data collected from questionnaires, scales, and tests developed from psychometric principles, and the field is vibrant with new and useful methods and approaches.

This handbook brings together contributions from leading psychometricians in a diverse array of fields around the globe. Each provides accessible and practical information about their specialist area in a three-step format covering historical and standard approaches, innovative issues and techniques, and practical guidance on how to apply the methods discussed. Throughout, real-world examples help to illustrate and clarify key aspects of the topics covered. The aim is to fill a gap for information about psychometric testing that is neither too basic nor too technical and specialized, and will enable researchers, practitioners, and graduate students to expand their knowledge and skills in the area.

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the field of psychometric testing, from designing a test through writing items to constructing and evaluating scales
  • Takes a practical approach, addressing real issues faced by practitioners and researchers
  • Provides basic and accessible mathematical and statistical foundations of all psychometric techniques discussed
  • Provides example software code to help readers implement the analyses discussed 

Notes on Contributors to Volume 1 vii

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

Volume I

Part I Practical Foundations 1

1 Test Development 3
Paul Irwing and David J. Hughes

2 Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory 49
Christine E. DeMars

3 Item Generation 75
Kristin M. Morrison and Susan Embretson

4 Survey Sampling and Propensity Score Matching 95
Bo Lu and Stanley Lemeshow

5 Sample Size Planning for Confirmatory Factor Models: Power and Accuracy for Effects of Interest 113
Ken Kelley and Keke Lai

6 Missing Data Handling Methods 139
Craig K. Enders and Amanda N. Baraldi

7 Causal Indicators in Psychometrics 187
Aja L. Murray and Tom Booth

Part II Identifying and Analyzing Scales 209

8 Fundamentals of Common Factor Analysis 211
Stanley A. Mulaik

9 Estimation Methods in Latent Variable Models for Categorical Outcome Variables 253
Li Cai and Irini Moustaki

10 Rotation 279
Robert I. Jennrich

11 The Number of Factors Problem 305
Marieke E. Timmerman, Urbano Lorenzo-Seva, and Eva Ceulemans

12 Bifactor Models in Psychometric Test Development 325
Fang Fang Chen and Zugui Zhang

13 Nonnormality in Latent Trait Modelling 347
Dylan Molenaar and Conor V. Dolan

14 Multidimensional Scaling: An Introduction 375
William G. Jacoby and David J. Ciuk

15 Unidimensional Item Response Theory 413
Rob R. Meijer and Jorge N. Tendeiro