Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Worldview Assessment- An Example


Graphic from Pewresearch 2021

Pew Researchers have a great deal of experience in asking people questions. Formulating a good question for a survey is an important place to begin.

However, another lesson from Pew is the additional data they gather. I noticed a large graphic illustrating how people in different groups answered one question. When conducting survey research it is critical to consider what we need to know about the people responding to a question or item to understand the meaning of their response.

Consider Pew's survey item with two choices: "most things in society...

     Can be pretty clearly divided into good and evil

     Are too complicated to be divided into good and evil

The graphic shows how different groups responded and allows for comparisons on the two ways to respond.

Later, in the article, they compare political affiliations, which in the US means Republican and Democrat. This is worth studying as well.

The article is worth reading to learn more about framing a survey question, creating a meaningful graphic, and summarizing results for an educated public. Link PEWRESEARCH 2021


Ausubel, J. (2021, Dec 21). Christians, religiously unaffiliated differ on whether most things in society can be divided into good, evil. Retrieved from

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Belief in Good Luck (BIGL) review


Scale name: Belief in Good Luck (BIGL)

Scale overview: The scale presents 12-items, which are rated based on degree of agreement. The authors wanted to reliably assess irrational beliefs about luck and examine the beliefs in relationship to expectations of success. Early psychometric properties support the scale as a useful assessment of luck.

Authors: Peter R. Darke and Jonathan L. Freedman

 Response Type: 4-point agree-disagree scale

Subscales: None

Sample items

b) Some people are consistently lucky, and others are


o) Luck is nothing more than random chance. (reverse scored)

Reliability: Factor analysis yielded one factor. Items were selected from the original list based on factor loadings.

Alpha values were .85 in studies 1 and 3; .78 in study 2.

Validity: The article includes correlation values with other measures. Total BIGL score was significantly positively correlated with the chance subscale of the Locus of Control scale.

Availability: See link below. The scale can be found within the article.

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Author's summary of findings (pp. 486-487).

This is generally in agreement with previous findings suggesting that people who believe in personal good luck react to lucky events by becoming more positive about the likelihood of future success (Darke & Freedman, 1997). In general, it is suggested that irrational beliefs about luck can serve as a source of positive expectations for the outcome of future events.

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Sutton, G. W. (2021). Belief in good luck scale (BIGL).  review. Assessment, Statistics, and Research. Retrieved from 

Article Reference

Darke, P.R. & Freedman, J.L. (1997). The belief in good luck scale. Journal of Research in Personality, 31, 486-511.

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