Measuring social alienation in adolescence: Translation and validation of the Jessor and Jessor Social Alienation Scale

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Safipour, J., Tessma, M. K., Higginbottom, G. & Emami, A. (2010). Measuring social alienation in adolescence: Translation and validation of the Jessor and Jessor Social Alienation Scale. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 51, 517–524.

The objective of the study is to translate and examine the reliability and validity of the Jessor and Jessor Social Alienation Scale for use in a Swedish context. The study involved four phases of testing: (1) Translation and back-translation; (2) a pilot test to evaluate the translation; (3) reliability testing; and (4) a validity test. Main participants of this study were 446 students (Age = 15–19, SD = 1.01, Mean = 17). Results from the reliability test showed high internal consistency and stability. Face, content and construct validity were demonstrated using experts and confirmatory factor analysis. The results of testing the Swedish version of the alienation scale revealed an acceptable level of reliability and validity, and is appropriate for use in the Swedish context.

Keywords: Social alienation; adolescence; instrument; reliability; translation; validation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9450.2010.00810.x

Affiliations: 1: Karolinska Institutet, Neurobiology, Care Science and Society, Stockholm, Sweden 2: Karolinska Institutet, Learning, Information, Management and Ethics, Medical Statistics Units, Stockholm, Sweden 3: University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing, Alberta, Canada

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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