A Validity and Reliability Study on the Development of the Values Scale in Turkey
Year: 2014 Vol: 14 Number: 5
The purpose of the present study is to examine the initial psychometric properties of the Values Scale for adults. While developing the first stage of the Values Scale, open-ended data on the values held by 216 university students were obtained. During the second stage, the validity and reliability studies of the 60-item Values Scale obtained by the categorization of the data were conducted on a total of 616 adults who were studying at or who had graduated from the universities in the province of Konya, Turkey. A total 39 values falling under nine factors were obtained as a result of the exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. The Cronbach alpha internal consistency coefficients of the Values Scale were calculated on a factor basis. As a result of the analyses, the Cronbach alpha values were calculated as .90 for “Social Values,” .80 for “Career Values” .78 for “Intellectual Values,” .81 for “Spirituality,” .78 for “Materialistic Values,” .61 for “Human Dignity,” .66 for “Romantic Values,” .65 for “Freedom,” and .63 for “Futuwwa (Generosity and Courage).” Consequently, the first psychometric findings indicate that the Values Scale can be used as a valid and reliable measurement tool.