Abstractness in constructs

Lynn Diana Benson (L.D.Benson@tees.ac.uk)
Mon, 3 Apr 1995 09:39:13 +0100 (BST)

Hi there,
I am looking for help once again. A part of my current research
project involves content analysing constructs. I am basing my technique
on work carried out in the 1970s by Peter Honey (written up in an EPCA
newsletter sometime last year). In addition to this straight content
analysis I am interested in looking at the level of abstractness present
in the constructs. An article by Applegate published in 1990 discusses
the 'quality' of words used within constructs. Those said to be
non-abstract represent behaviour or role, while abstract words represent
psychological or dispositional features.

Has anyone used such a measure as a part of a content analysis? Or, does
anyone know of any other useful references?


Lynn Benson