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How harmful are survey translations? A test with Schwartz's human values instrument


Davidov, Eldad; De Beuckelaer, Alain (2010). How harmful are survey translations? A test with Schwartz's human values instrument. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 22(4):485-510.

Abstract

One major challenge in international survey research is to ensure the equivalence of translated survey instruments across different cultures. In this study, we examine empirically the extent to which equivalence of survey instruments to measure human values can be established across cultures sharing the same language as opposed to cultures having a different language. We expect cultures using the same language to exhibit higher levels of equivalence. Our examination made use of a short (i.e., a 21-item) survey instrument to measure Schwartz’s human values based on data from the second and the third rounds of the European Social Survey (ESS). The empirical results support our expectations.

Abstract

One major challenge in international survey research is to ensure the equivalence of translated survey instruments across different cultures. In this study, we examine empirically the extent to which equivalence of survey instruments to measure human values can be established across cultures sharing the same language as opposed to cultures having a different language. We expect cultures using the same language to exhibit higher levels of equivalence. Our examination made use of a short (i.e., a 21-item) survey instrument to measure Schwartz’s human values based on data from the second and the third rounds of the European Social Survey (ESS). The empirical results support our expectations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:equivalence/invariance; cross-cultural analysis; human values; translation; multiple group confirmatory factor analysis (MGCFA); mean and covariance structure analysis (MACS)
Language:English
Date:29 September 2010
Deposited On:16 Dec 2010 12:43
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:18
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0954-2892
Additional Information:This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research following peer review. It was first published online in this journal on September 29, 2010. The definitive publisher- authenticated version is available online at: http://ijpor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/09/28/ijpor.edq030 or under doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edq030
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edq030

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