The Psychometric Properties of the Swedish Version of the General Self-Efficacy Scale: A Rasch Analysis Based on Adolescent Data
2017 (English)In: Current psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.), ISSN 1046-1310, E-ISSN 1936-4733Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Self-efficacy describes people’s belief in their own ability to perform the behaviors required to produce a desired outcome. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Swedish version of the General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSES) with an adolescent sample, using Rasch analysis. The scale was examined with a focus on invariant functioning along the latent trait as well as across sample groups. The data were collected 2009 and 2010 among 3764 students aged between 13 and 15 years, in the 7th to 9th grade, in compulsory schools in the municipality of Karlstad, Sweden. The item fit was acceptable, the categorization of the items worked well and the scale worked invariantly between years of investigations. Although the GSES worked well as a whole, there was some evidence of misfit indicating room for improvements. The targeting may be improved by adding more questions of medium difficulty. Also, further attention needs to be paid to the dimensionality of the GSES as well as to whether the psychometric properties of GSES are affected by using more recent data.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Springer, 2017.
Self-efficacy, Adolescents, Rasch analysis, Psychometric, Sweden, General Self-Efficacy Scale
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47803DOI: 10.1007/s12144-016-9551-yOAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-47803DiVA: diva2:1070421
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-1736