EXAMINATION OF THE PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES OF THE NEED FOR CLOSURE SCALE

Filip Sulejmanov, Ognen Spasovski

Abstract


The aim of this study was to explore the psychometric properties of the Need for closure scale (Roets & Van Hiel, 2011). This construct refers to cognitive closure and the scale used is a brief version comprised of 15 items. After the back-translation, the empirical analysis was focused on item analysis and principal component analysis. The convenience sample used included 217 participants and the participants were selected based on region of residence in Republic of Macedonia (eastern, western, central and the capital city Skopje as a separate region), sex (nearly equal number of males and females) and age (18-25 years, 26-40 years, and 41-60 years). The results indicated that the scale has satisfactory internal consistency and the one-factor solution was confirmed using parallel analysis. In the discussion, the limitations of the study are considered and recommendations for further research are given, where the results should be replicated with confirmatory factor analysis and evidence for construct validity should be obtained. For the time being, it can be concluded that the results of this study refer to cross-cultural support of the need for closure construct.

Keywords: need for closure, item analysis, principal component analysis


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