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Lost in translation? Psychometric properties and construct validity of the English Essen Climate Evaluation Schema (EssenCES) social climate questionnaire.

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posted on 07.11.2016, 15:37 by Matthew Tonkin, Kevin Howells, Eamonn Ferguson, Amanda Clark, Michelle Newberry, Norbert Schalast
The social climate of correctional (forensic) settings is likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of treatment and the overall functioning of these units. The Essen Climate Evaluation Schema (EssenCES) provides an objective way of measuring social climate that overcomes the content, length, and psychometric limitations of other measures. But the English translation of the EssenCES has yet to be sufficiently validated for use in forensic settings in the United Kingdom. The current study presents psychometric properties (factor structure and internal consistency) and an examination of construct validity with the English EssenCES. Satisfactory internal consistency was found for all EssenCES scales, and the expected three-factor structure was confirmed with both staff and residents and in prison and secure hospital settings using confirmatory factor analysis. Evidence to support construct validity was established using multilevel models, which showed statistically significant associations between scores on the EssenCES and scores on the Working Environment Scale, institutional aggression, and site security. Future validation work and potential practical applications of the EssenCES are discussed.

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Citation

Psychological Assessment, 2012, 24 (3), pp. 573-580

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Criminology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Psychological Assessment

Publisher

American Psychological Association

issn

1040-3590

eissn

1939-134X

Available date

07/11/2016

Publisher version

http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=search.displayrecord&uid=2011-26202-001

Language

en