Hazardous housing attachment scale: construction and evidence based on content

ABSTRACT The research aimed to build a hazardous housing attachment scale and sought evidence of validity based on the content of the items. For its construction, it used the tripartite model of Scannell and Gifford, who understand that attachment to a place is formed by the factors: person, place, and psychological process. Sixty-eight self-reported statements were elaborated on a five-point Likert scale, where the analysis of judges by seven postgraduates of the field and the semantic analysis by thirty people residing in an area susceptible to flooding and/or landslides. For the analysis of judges, we used the Content Validity Ratio where 36 items were considered as relevant (RVC = 1.0) and 32 as irrelevant (RVC = -0.42 to -0.14), which were excluded. In the semantic analysis, 35 items were evaluated as clear and in one the writing was altered. Three were excluded because they did not represent population characteristics or tend the result. The preliminary scale obtained 33 items with evidence of validity based on content items. Weaknesses were identified in the tripartite theoretical model and used to understand the construct in a way that it requires its empirical testing. Studies are suggested that seek other evidence of validity and evidence of accuracy.