The Use of Item Response Theory to Construct Deviance and Attitude

David S. Kirk, University of Chicago

With self-report data, crime and deviance are typically assessed through the use of summative scales. The same is true for scales of attitudes towards deviance. However, there are considerable drawbacks with this method. This paper seeks to resolve some of the methodological issues typically found in the construction of behavioral and attitude scales through the application of Item Response Theory.

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