Modeling Attitudes Toward Science: Development and Validation of the Credibility of Science Scale

Robert O. Hartman, Nathan F. Dieckmann, Amber M. Sprenger, Bradley J. Stastny, Kenneth G. DeMarree

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Abstract

We present the Credibility of Science Scale (CoSS), an efficient 6-item scale demonstrating excellent reliability and validity. CoSS scores exhibit criterion validity in predicting beliefs across a host of contemporary science topics, over and above previously documented predictors (Study 2). Further, we present evidence for the convergent and discriminant validity of the instrument, which correlates as expected with several variables previously implicated in scientific belief (e.g., political ideology, religious identity, conspiracist thinking; Study 2) and also with measures of cognitive ability (Study 3). Finally, we discuss possible uses of the CoSS as a tool for understanding science-related beliefs, behavior, and communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Oct 26 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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