CitationBenner, Aprile D.; Chen, Shanting; Fernandez, Celeste C.; & Hayward, Mark D. (2022). The Potential for Using a Shortened Version of the Everyday Discrimination Scale in Population Research with Young Adults: A Construct Validation Investigation. Sociological Methods & Research.
AbstractDiscrimination is associated with numerous psychological health outcomes over the life course. The nine-item Everyday Discrimination Scale (EDS) is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination; however, this nine-item measure may not be feasible in large-scale population health surveys where a shortened discrimination measure would be advantageous. The current study examined the construct validity of a combined two-item discrimination measure adapted from the EDS by Add Health (N=14,839) as compared to the full nine-item EDS and a two-item EDS scale (parallel to the adapted combined measure) used in the National Survey of American Life (NSAL; N=1,111) and National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS) studies (N=1,055). Results identified convergence among the EDS scales, with high item-total correlations, convergent validity, and criterion validity for psychological outcomes, thus providing evidence for the construct validity of the two-item combined scale. Taken together, the findings provide support for using this reduced scale in studies where the full EDS scale is not available.
Keyword(s)discrimination, construct validation,
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSociological Methods & Research
Author(s)Benner, Aprile D.
Fernandez, Celeste C.
Hayward, Mark D.