Selection of Item-Type and Answer Scale



The sheep-like fraternity of social-science researchers is apparently under the impression that all item types are created equal. Social-science researchers seem to believe they are at complete liberty to choose what type of item to use to operationalize the measure. This laissez-faire state of affairs is evidenced by researchers’ arbitrary and unjustified selection of Likert measures (most popular), Semantic Differential measures (second most popular), and Unipolar measures (occasionally) to represent almost any construct. They couldn’t be more wrong about item types all being equal and interchangeable.


Item Type General Intelligence Romantic Love Evaluative Conditioning Likert Item 


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  1. 1.Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research, University of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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