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Measurement Issues in the Study of Social Change

Stanley Presser
Social Forces
Vol. 68, No. 3 (Mar., 1990), pp. 856-868
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2579357
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2579357
Page Count: 13
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Measurement Issues in the Study of Social Change
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Abstract

The assumption that relationships between variables are unaffected by formal features of the measurement indicators has been shown to hold for most associations between attitudes and other variables, where the other variables are either background characteristics or other attitudes. This article tests the assumption of "form-resistant correlations" in the context of studying social change, where the other variable is time. It examines whether alternate forms of the same attitude item behave in similar fashion across time.

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