Validating Psychological Constructs

Historical, Philosophical, and Practical Dimensions

  • Kathleen Slaney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  3. The Historical Dimension of Construct Validity

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      Pages 27-27
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  4. The Philosophical Dimension of Construct Validity

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      Pages 141-141
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  5. The Pragmatic Dimension of Construct Validity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 301-308

About this book


This book critically examines the historical and philosophical foundations of construct validity theory (CVT), and how these have and continue to inform and constrain the conceptualization of validity and its application in research. CVT has had an immense impact on how researchers in the behavioural sciences conceptualize and approach their subject matter. Yet, there is equivocation regarding the foundations of the CVT framework as well as ambiguities concerning the nature of the “constructs” that are its raison d’etre. The book is organized in terms of three major parts that speak, respectively, to the historical, philosophical, and pragmatic dimensions of CVT. The primary objective is to provide researchers and students with a critical lens through which a deeper understanding may be gained of both the utility and limitations of CVT and the validation practices to which it has given rise. 


Construct Validity Theory Classical Test Theory Modern Test Theory Loevinger Spearman Philosophy of Science Logical Positivism Operationism Logical Empiricism

Authors and affiliations

  • Kathleen Slaney
    • 1
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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