|Date: ||Mon, 30 Apr 2007 20:36:04 -0400|
|Reply-To: ||Chiremba <zmurira@GMAIL.COM>|
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|From: ||Chiremba <zmurira@GMAIL.COM>|
|Subject: ||Index construction|
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I have a quick question.
I would like to create an index for decisionmaking in household.
I have done factor analysis on a set of items that measure
decisionmaking. Everything is fine for now.
I'm having a hard time intepreting my index . Can someone help please.
Items in questionnaire
q6191 - What type of food to buy for the home
q6192- How much money to spend on food
q6193- When to buy snacks for the kids
q6197- How much money to spend on your children’s clothes
q6198- How much money to spend on your children’s education
q6199- When to spend money for your children’s health
1=Respondent (woman); 2=Husband; 3=Husband and respondent together; 4=Other;
5=No children; 6=Never used money for this purpose
I am interested in creating a composite index of women's participation in
decision making. If response is 1 or 3 then woman participates in
decisionmaking. If its 2 then woman does not participate in decisionmaking
else will be treated as systems missing.
The total score i can get from sum of all factors is 6 and the lowest 0. 0
to me means woman fully participates in decisionmaking and a 6 means
she does not at all. However i do not know how to interpret values
falling inbetween. Should I recode all item responses 0 and 1 giving 0
values if response is 1 and 3 and giving 1 if response is 2 else treat
as systems missing? How should i intepret this binary variable since
scores will range from 0 -6.
What procedures should i use in spss to work through this problem. If
anyone can suggest systax that will be helpful.