Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 14:51:58 -0400
Reply-To: Peter Flom <peter.flom@NDRI.ORG>
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From: Peter Flom <peter.flom@NDRI.ORG>
Subject: Re: sig. test for Cronbach's Coefficient Alpha ???
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One wonders whether the reviewer is either a) out to get the author or b) out to lunch. :-)
Since alpha is usually in the range of .7 and up, at least in the uses I've seen for it, it's hard to figure what is meant by a significance test. Significantly differernt from WHAT? 0 makes no sense (if alpha is diferent from 0, there are BIG problems); but no other value makes sense, unless the point is to compare the reliability of two different scales.....
Do you have any more details?
Peter L. Flom, Ph.D.
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>>> "David L. Cassell" <Cassell.David@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV> 05/21/01 02:46PM >>>
Gordon Keeler wrote:
> Anyone have a method for generating a significance test for Cronbach's
> Coefficient Alpha ??? A reviewer has asked for this stat, but I can't
> seem to find any reference on how to do it. Does one exist ???
Wow. I don't think I've ever seen a significance test for this. In fact,
what I *have* seen is that an acceptable value for alpha varies from
discipline to discipline - so I don't think that a significance test is
likely to be out there. Perhaps the reviewer is thinking of an
level. You may want to throw Nunnally (1978) at the editors - he suggested
that .70 is a good cutoff value for the reliability coefficient.
Is your reviewer just out to get you? :-)
Reference: J. Nunnally, 1978, Psychometric Theory, McGraw-Hill Publishers
David Cassell, CSC
Senior computing specialist