Over the past decades in Thailand, some educators fixed the students' good characters in order to becoming the primary educational indicators for teachers' measurement. However, those characters did not cover all domains in developmental psychology and had no systematic and scientific research conducted to develop such a measured instrument. So, the present study adopted a comprehensive and rigorous procedure to develop a multifaceted scale for Thai adolescent's desirable characteristic through an empirical investigation. The definition and measurement of adolescent's desirable characteristic (ACD) were important for comprehensive understanding of Thai adolescents. The conceptualization of ACD integrated different streams of literature. Furthermore, ACD simultaneously considered first-order and second-order measurement models as well as the structural model comprising 5 primary domains: physical, cognitive, emotional, social and moral, and emphasized on developing expanded conceptualizations of these characters by modeling them as second-order factors and expressing their defining constituent domains of content as first-order factors. The fit indices showed that the model fitted the data well. Results summarized that (a) ACD was a multidimensional construct and scale demonstrates good psychometric properties for reliability, and content, convergent and predictive validityand (b) factor consisting of 5 domains, the indicators of which were 4,6,4,7, and 8 of observed variables measuring from 3-5 items respectively. The empirical findings suggested in this study provided a more succinct picture of ACD, and the well-validated scale could be used as a basis for further research and theoretical groundwork in the field of adolescent's desirable characteristic.
Panidaporn Jongrachen, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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