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Dimensionality and Reliability of the Rotter I-E Scale

Andrew Cherlin and Linda Brookover Bourque
Sociometry
Vol. 37, No. 4 (Dec., 1974), pp. 565-582
DOI: 10.2307/2786428
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786428
Page Count: 18
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Dimensionality and Reliability of the Rotter I-E Scale
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Abstract

In an attempt to develop suggestions for more effective use of the Rotter I-E Scale, an analysis was made of the dimensionality and reliability of the scale in both a college-age and a general population. The results imply that: (1) the I-E Scale should not be considered as unidimensional; (2) the characteristics of the population sampled may affect the structure of the factors obtained and also the strength of the reliabilities of the various factor scales; and (3) other items used with the I-E Scale in the same survey instrument may affect the structure and reliability of the resultant scales. Data analysis procedures are suggested which may prove useful in studies employing other attitude measurement scales.

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