Methodological Considerations

  • Sana Loue


The selection of instruments for use in a particular study or the construction of new instruments to assess ethnicity, race, gender, sex, and related constructs requires a consideration of various methodological issues, in addition to the context in which these tools are to be developed and the ethical implications of the categories once they have been developed. Issues to be considered prior to deciding which of existing instruments to use or whether and how to construct a new instrument include the focus of the research question, the format to be used to collect the data, and how the population of interest is to be sampled. The selection of an instrument for use, or the development of a new instrument, also requires attention to the instrument’s validity, reliability, and the possibility of misclassification associated with its use (McDowell and Newell, 1996). A basic understanding of these issues is important in order to better evaluate the literature that exists with regard to the constructs that are the focus of this text. This is not, however, a comprehensive discussion of these issues, which can be the focus of entire books themselves, and the reader is urged to consult the sources listed at the end of this chapter for additional guidance.


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  • Sana Loue
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  1. 1.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandOhio

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