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Modification And Psychometric Evaluation Of The Peterson War Scale

A measure on attitudes toward war was administered to 125 student participants at a California university to assess psychometric properties for this scale for possible use in current research. A 5-point scale was substituted for the 2-point one originally. Item analysis indicated 23 of 32 items were viable. Using Cronbach reliability coefficient a and factor analysis, the shortened measure had an internal consistency reliability of 35. Factor analysis yielded a 4-factor structure: (1) War is Bad, (2) War is Necessary, (3) Positive Aspects of War, and (4) No Justification. These results indicate this seeminnlv . outdated measure of war attitudes remains useful , for current research purposes involving measuring attitudes toward war. However, longitudinal research is necessary

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