Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology

Validating Psychological Constructs

Historical, Philosophical, and Practical Dimensions

Authors: Slaney, Kathleen

  • Explores the history and development of construct validity theory (CVT) in relation to the broader domain of psychological measurement
  • Critically examines CVT in a broader context
  • Brings together historical, philosophical, and pragmatic dimensions of CVT in a single work
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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. 

About the authors

Kathleen Slaney is Associate Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a co-editor of A Wittgensteinian Perspective on the Use of Conceptual Analysis in Psychology (2013) and The Wiley Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (2015).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Slaney, Kathleen

    Pages 1-25

  • Historical Precursors and Early Testing Theory

    Slaney, Kathleen

    Pages 29-57

  • The Birth of Construct Validity Theory

    Slaney, Kathleen

    Pages 59-81

  • Construct Validity: Developments and Debates

    Slaney, Kathleen

    Pages 83-109

  • Recent Accounts of (Construct) Validity

    Slaney, Kathleen

    Pages 111-140

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-38522-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Validating Psychological Constructs
Book Subtitle
Historical, Philosophical, and Practical Dimensions
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38523-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-38523-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38522-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 308
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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