Self-Reported Capabilities Among Young Male Adults in Switzerland: Translation and Psychometric Evaluation of a German, French and Italian Version of a Closed Survey Instrument

Hofmann, Karen; Schori, Dominik; Abel, Thomas (2013). Self-Reported Capabilities Among Young Male Adults in Switzerland: Translation and Psychometric Evaluation of a German, French and Italian Version of a Closed Survey Instrument. Social indicators research, 114(2), pp. 723-738. Springer Netherlands 10.1007/s11205-012-0170-1

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There is a shortage of empirical applications of the capability approach that employ closed survey instruments to assess self-reported capabilities. However, for those few instruments that have been designed and administered through surveys until now, no psychometric properties (reliability, validity, and factor structure) were reported. The purpose of this study is the assessment of the psychometric properties of three new language versions (German, French, and Italian) of an established (English) set of eight self-reported capability items. The set of items is taken from a previously published British study by Anand and van Hees (J Soc Econ 35(2):268–284, 2006). Our sample consists of 17,152 young male adults aged 18–25 years from the three major language regions in Switzerland. The results indicate good reliability of the three language versions. The results from the exploratory factor analyses suggest a one-dimensional factor structure for seven domain specific items. Furthermore, the results from multiple regression analyses suggest that a global summary item on overall capabilities represents a measurement alternative to the set of seven domain specific capability items. Finally, the results confirm the applicability of the closed capability instrument in a large scale survey questionnaire and represent the first attempt to measure self-reported capabilities in Switzerland.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Hofmann, Karen; Schori, Dominik and Abel, Thomas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

0303-8300

Publisher:

Springer Netherlands

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

06 Mar 2014 09:21

Last Modified:

01 Nov 2018 02:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11205-012-0170-1

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Self-reported capabilities, Measurement, Psychometric properties, Exploratory factor analysis, Young adults, Switzerland

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.41333

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/41333

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