Title

The application of item response theory in developing and validating a shortened version of the Emirate Marital Satisfaction Scale

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Psychological Assessment

Publication Date

12-1-2016

Abstract

© 2016 American Psychological Association. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of generating a shorter version of the Emirati Marital Satisfaction Scale (EMSS) using item response theory (IRT)-based methodology. The EMSS is the first national scale used to provide an understanding of the family function and level of marital satisfaction within the cultural context of the United Arab Emirates. A sample of 1,049 Emirati married individuals from different ages, genders, places of residence, and monthly incomes participated in this study. The IRT was calibrated using X-Calibre 4.2 and the graded response model. The analysis was developed on the basis of a short form of the EMSS (7 items), which constitutes a promising alternative to the original scale for practitioners and researchers. This short version is reliable, valid, and it gives results very similar to the original scale. The results of this study confirmed the usefulness of IRT-based methodology for developing psychological and counseling scales.

ISSN

1040-3590

Publisher

American Psychological Association Inc.

Volume

28

Issue

12

First Page

1625

Last Page

1633

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Emirati Marital Satisfaction Scale, IRT methodology, Item response theory, Short form, Validity

Scopus ID

84975705961

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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