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Reliability of position generator measures across different occupational lists: a parallel-test experiment

Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe (UGent) , Bart Van de Putte (UGent) and Henk Roose (UGent)
(2013) FIELD METHODS. 25(3). p.238-261
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The position generator is a widely used research tool to measure individual social capital. Although the position generator is said to be reliable, there are only a few broad guidelines to construct the instrument and there is no standard list of occupational items. Furthermore, the reliability of the position generator across different occupational lists has not yet been tested. This paper examines the reliabilities of 13 position generator measures across different occupational lists by means of a parallel-test experiment. We found that only the volume-measure has a good reliability. Reliabilities of the social class-based position generator measures are fair to good and reliabilities of the occupational prestige/status-based position generator measures are poor. Exactly these latter types of measures are most often used.
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social capital, reliability, position generator, SOCIAL NETWORKS, parallel test experiment

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Verhaeghe, Pieter-Paul, Bart Van de Putte, and Henk Roose. 2013. “Reliability of Position Generator Measures Across Different Occupational Lists: a Parallel-test Experiment.” Field Methods 25 (3): 238–261.
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Verhaeghe, P.-P., Van de Putte, B., & Roose, H. (2013). Reliability of position generator measures across different occupational lists: a parallel-test experiment. FIELD METHODS, 25(3), 238–261.
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Verhaeghe P-P, Van de Putte B, Roose H. Reliability of position generator measures across different occupational lists: a parallel-test experiment. FIELD METHODS. 2013;25(3):238–61.
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Verhaeghe, Pieter-Paul, Bart Van de Putte, and Henk Roose. “Reliability of Position Generator Measures Across Different Occupational Lists: a Parallel-test Experiment.” FIELD METHODS 25.3 (2013): 238–261. Print.
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  abstract     = {The position generator is a widely used research tool to measure individual social capital. Although the position generator is said to be reliable, there are only a few broad guidelines to construct the instrument and there is no standard list of occupational items. Furthermore, the reliability of the position generator across different occupational lists has not yet been tested. This paper examines the reliabilities of 13 position generator measures across different occupational lists by means of a parallel-test experiment. We found that only the volume-measure has a good reliability. Reliabilities of the social class-based position generator measures are fair to good and reliabilities of the occupational prestige/status-based position generator measures are poor. Exactly these latter types of measures are most often used.},
  author       = {Verhaeghe, Pieter-Paul and Van de Putte, Bart and Roose, Henk},
  issn         = {1525-822X},
  journal      = {FIELD METHODS},
  keyword      = {social capital,reliability,position generator,SOCIAL NETWORKS,parallel test experiment},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {238--261},
  title        = {Reliability of position generator measures across different occupational lists: a parallel-test experiment},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1525822X12453227},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2013},
}

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