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How theory guides measurement: examples from the study of public attitudes toward crime and policing

Jackson, Jonathan and Kuha, Jouni (2015) How theory guides measurement: examples from the study of public attitudes toward crime and policing. In: Bynum, T.S. and Huebner, B.M., (eds.) Handbook on Measurement Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.

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Abstract

In this chapter we discuss some of the fundamental ways by which theory guides measurement and we consider some of the differences between reflective and formative approaches to measurement. We use fear of crime and public attitudes towards policing as substantive examples. We finish with a cautionary tale on what latent variable modelling can and cannot say about conceptual and operational definitions.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://eu.wiley.com/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Methodology
Statistics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Departments > Statistics
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2015 16:56
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 14:03
Projects: ESRC grant number ES/L011611/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60642

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