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Construct validity of the Moral Development Scale for Professionals (MDSP)
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, postgraduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3158-9981
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison for Health, Culture and Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4722-009X
2011 (English)In: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, ISSN 1178-2390, Vol. 4, 165-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate the construct validity of the Moral Development Scale for Professionals (MDSP) using structural equation modeling. The instrument is a 12-item self-report instrument, developed in the Scandinavian cultural context and based on Kohlberg's theory. A hypothesized simplex structure model underlying the MDSP was tested through structural equation modeling. Validity was also tested as the proportion of respondents older than 20 years that reached the highest moral level, which according to the theory should be small. A convenience sample of 339 nursing students with a mean age of 25.3 years participated. Results confirmed the simplex model structure, indicating that MDSP reflects a moral construct empirically organized from low to high. A minority of respondents >20 years of age (13.5%) scored more than 80% on the highest moral level. The findings support the construct validity of the MDSP and the stages and levels in Kohlberg's theory

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Dove Medical Press Ltd. , 2011. Vol. 4, 165-170 p.
Keyword [en]
Kohlberg, scale testing, simplex structure model, structural equation modeling
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-3907DOI: 10.2147/JMDH.S20075OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-3907DiVA: diva2:467184
Available from: 2011-12-19 Created: 2011-12-19 Last updated: 2015-10-14Bibliographically approved

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