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st: Does there exist measurement error when I got high Cronbach's alpha?

From   xueliansharon <>
Subject   st: Does there exist measurement error when I got high Cronbach's alpha?
Date   Sat, 16 Jul 2011 05:46:50 -0700 (PDT)

Dear all:

I got quite high Cronbach's alphas (0.9) for five-factor personality traits
(extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability and
intellect). With such high values, can I argue that there may still exist
measurement errors in the measures for five-factor personality traits?

Another question is about the computation of Cronbach's alpha. I got
different values of alpha when using different computation procedure: the
key difference happened when I recoded the responses of five factors
personality to "missing values" when the original responses were "-3" (i.e.
no questions answered) or "-2" (i.e. information incomplete). For example,
for the extraversion measure, the range of the score should be 5 to 50
points, when I recoded the response "-3" or "-2" to "missing value", the
sample size was reduced by around 680, since the number of observations who
didn't answer the questions about extraversion or didn't provide complete
information for each item were 680, and the alpha coefficient fell from 0.9
to 0.6. So is it correct to do such recoding when computing alpha

Your response is greatly appreciated.

Thanks & Regards,

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