Identify and define the psychological construct you have chosen to use. Identify the medium that the construct is evident in and give a brief summary of the story and/or plot of the medium. Explain in detail how the construct is used in the story, play, show, etc. Conclude by identifying what you believe are the good or bad aspects or results of the construct you observe. |
Construct refers to any complex psychological concept. Examples would be a person’s motivation, anger, personality, intelligence, love, attachment, or fear. A Construct’s height, weight or depth cannot be measured because constructs are not concrete materials in the visible world. We know how anger or love look, but we cannot describe in inches or pounds how much there is or where it starts and ends (Construct Defined - Psychology Glossary). The purpose of constructs is to suggest an abstract structure for construing environment.
Developing a measure of a psychological construct is a difficult and extremely time-consuming process if it is to be done correctly. Construct validity is an overarching type of validity, and includes face, content, criterion-related, predictive and concurrent validity and convergent and discriminant validity. Convergent validity is demonstrated by the extent to which the measure correlates with other measures designed to assess similar constructs. Discriminant validity refers to the degree to which the scale does not correlate with other measures designed to assess dissimilar constructs. Basically, by providing evidence of all these variations of construct validity (content, criterion-related, convergent and discriminant), you are establishing that your scale measures what it was intended to measure. Face validity refers to whether a measure appears “valid on the face.” In other words, it means that just by
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