Developing Cross Cultural Measurement

Paperback | March 27, 2009

byThanh V. Tran

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With demographic changes and the reality of cultural diversity, social work researchers increasingly see the need to conduct cross-cultural research and evaluation, whether for hypothesis testing or outcome evaluation. Social work, as a profession, has recognized the importance of culturalsensitivity and competence in practice and research, but little has been written about how to use cross-cultural methods in quantitative social work research. Most social work research text books do not offer student step-by-step instructions on how to develop and evaluate cross-culturalmeasurements and research instruments. To ensure the quality of data collection and validity of outcomes, social work researchers must have both reliable and valid research instruments and measurements. With respect to cultural diversity, it's crucial that research instruments or measurements haveequivalence of reliability and validity among participants of different cultures. This volume in the Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods series will guide researchers in developing and assessing cross-cultural research measurements. Chapters illustrate how to formulate research questions, select observable indicators, understand cross-cultural translation, evaluatemeasurement equivalence, and discern between best and poor practices in measurement development.

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With demographic changes and the reality of cultural diversity, social work researchers increasingly see the need to conduct cross-cultural research and evaluation, whether for hypothesis testing or outcome evaluation. Social work, as a profession, has recognized the importance of culturalsensitivity and competence in practice and res...

Thanh V. Tran is a Professor and Research Chair at the Boston College School of Social Work.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195325087

ISBN - 13:9780195325089

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Table of Contents

1. Overview of Cross-Cultural Research2. Process of Cross-Cultural Instrument Development and Assessment3. Preliminary Steps in Cross-Cultural Instrument Development4. Adopting or Adapting Existing Instruments5. Developing New Instruments6. Assessing Measurement Equivalence7. Testing Cross-Cultural Measurement Invariance8. Concluding Comments: Measurement in Cross-Cultural Research