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Keywords

Bayes, factor analysis, instrument development, intervals, measurement, reliability

 

Authors

  1. Gajewski, Byron
  2. Price, Larry R.
  3. Bott, Marjorie

Abstract

Sijtsma and van der Ark present a broad set of models and methods for reliability estimation, and their discussion of similarities and differences provides clear information for nurse researchers to move forward in their instrument development projects. In particular, we applaud the authors' clear exposition of the factor analytic model and its utility for providing a framework for unifying reliability and validity. However, we do not want to be constrained only to the point estimates. We also need to ascertain the uncertainty in the point estimate-usually in the form of a 95% confidence interval-or, as the Bayesians refer to, a credible interval. Another issue not discussed by Sijtsma and van der Ark is conditional standard errors of measurement along the score scale measuring latent traits or true scores. In our response, practical tools for estimating intervals and a brief discussion of conditional standard errors of measurement are presented.