Reliability of a method for establishing the capacity of individuals with an intellectual disability to respond to Likert scales

Cuskelly, Monica, Moni, Karen, Lloyd, Jan and Jobling, Anne (2013) Reliability of a method for establishing the capacity of individuals with an intellectual disability to respond to Likert scales. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 38 4: 318-324. doi:10.3109/13668250.2013.832734

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Author Cuskelly, Monica
Moni, Karen
Lloyd, Jan
Jobling, Anne
Title Reliability of a method for establishing the capacity of individuals with an intellectual disability to respond to Likert scales
Journal name Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1366-8250
1469-9532
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2013.832734
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 4
Start page 318
End page 324
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Abstract Background The study reported here was an examination of the reliability of a method for determining acquiescent responding and the capacity to respond to items using a Likert scale response format by adults with an intellectual disability.
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Background: The study reported here was an examination of the reliability of a method for determining acquiescent responding and the capacity to respond to items using a Likert scale response format by adults with an intellectual disability.

Method: Reliability of the outcomes of these procedures was investigated using a test–retest design. Associations with receptive vocabulary were examined.

Results: The majority of the participants did not demonstrate acquiescent responding. Individuals’ responses to the Likert-type discrimination tasks were consistent, although this varied somewhat depending upon the abstractness of the task. There was some association between receptive language age equivalence scores and respondent performance.

Conclusion: It is recommended that the pretest protocol (a) be modified to improve its reliability, and (b) this modified version be used with study participants who have an intellectual disability to ascertain the appropriate level of choice to be used for items that use a Likert response format.
Keyword Intellectual disability
Likert scale
Questionnaire
Self-report
Pretest
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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