Meaningful measurement requires substantive formal theory

Faculty/Professorship: Foundations in Education  
Author(s): Borgstede, Matthias  ; Eggert, Frank
Title of the Journal: Theory & Psychology
ISSN: 1461-7447, 0959-3543
Publisher Information: Thousand Oaks, Kalifornien, USA; München : Sage Publications; GBI-Genios Deutsche Wirtschaftsdatenbank GmbH
Year of publication: 2023
Volume: 33
Issue: 1
Pages: 153-159
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1177/09593543221139811
In this article, we take the opportunity to elaborate on some aspects of our article “Squaring the Circle: From Latent Variables to Theory-Based Measurement” (Borgstede & Eggert, 2023) that gave rise to the concerns uttered by Hasselman (2023) and Slaney (2023), and to clarify why we think that theory-based measurement is indeed necessary and sufficient for the establishment of meaningful psychological measurement procedures. Moreover, we will illustrate how theory-based measurement might be accomplished in psychology by means of an example from behavioral selection theory.
GND Keywords: Forschungsmethode; Psychologie
Keywords: covariance based law of effect, formal theory, measurement in psychology, multilevel model of behavioral selection, theory-based measurement
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CM 3000   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 10. February 2023
Project: Open-Access-Publikationskosten 2022 - 2024