Testing the psychometric properties of the Environmental Attitudes Inventory on undergraduate students in the Arab context: A testretest approach

Khalizani Khalid*, Entesar Ali AlMenhali, Shilpa Iyanna

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Abstract

The Environmental Attitudes Inventory (EAI) was developed to evaluate the multidimensional nature of environmental attitudes; however, it is based on a dataset from outside the Arab context. This study reinvestigated the construct validity of the EAI with a new dataset and confirmed the feasibility of applying it in the Arab context. One hundred and forty-eight subjects in Study 1 and 130 in Study 2 provided valid responses. An exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was used to extract a new factor structure in Study 1, and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was performed in Study 2. Both studies generated a seven-factor model, and the model fit was discussed for both the studies. Study 2 exhibited satisfactory model fit indices compared to Study 1. Factor loading values of a few items in Study 1 affected the reliability values and average variance extracted values, which demonstrated low discriminant validity. Based on the results of the EFA and CFA, this study showed sufficient model fit and suggested the feasibility of applying the EAI in the Arab context with a good construct validity and internal consistency.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0195250
Number of pages21
JournalPLoS One
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2018
Externally publishedYes

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