Semantic Equivalence and Reliability of the Self-Report Delinquency Scale with Estonian Students

By Triin Edovald.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Translation is necessary whenever research requires asking the same question among people of different backgrounds. In addition to high quality translation, the translated version of a questionnaire must satisfy the basic standards set for properties such as reliability and semantic equivalence relative to the source language. This study brings into focus the issues relevant to the adaptation of assessment instruments in interdisciplinary cross-cultural research such as reliability and semantic equivalence. The study piloted the Self-Reported Delinquency (SRD) Scale developed in the United States. The scale was translated in Estonian/Russian and administered in Estonia. The piloting of the scale enabled the identification of the flaws in semantic equivalence of the measure, referring to a need to pay attention to translation validity. Examination of the test-retest correlation coefficients suggested that the SRD is a reliable measure of delinquency for the population of Estonian youth.

Keywords: Self-Report Delinquency, Reliability, Semantic Equivalence, Transporting Instruments, Instrument Adaption

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.403-410. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 559.545KB).

Triin Edovald

DPhil Candidate, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Triin Edovald is a Doctoral Candidate in Evidence-Based Interventions at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on self-report delinquency among youth in mainstream schools in Estonia. Her research interests include risk and protective factors for antisocial and delinquent behaviour and evidence-based interventions as well evidence-based policy in crime prevention. In addition to her involvement in research she provides consultancy for governmental institutions and NGOs in Estonia.

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