Abstract

The purpose of this study is to develop and validate scales corresponding to the constructs in Durkheim’s theoretical framework of emotional solidarity. Following two initial stage of pilot testing, each scale was included in an onsite self-administered survey instrument and distributed to approximately 700 homes in a coastal South Carolina county. Psychometric properties were assessed and each scale was found to be high in internal consistency and construct validity (i.e., convergent and discriminant validity). Practical and theoretical implications are discussed as well as potential research opportunities concerning emotional solidarity.

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Scale Development and Factor Structure Confirmation of Constructs within Durkheim’s Theoretical Framework of Emotional Solidarity

The purpose of this study is to develop and validate scales corresponding to the constructs in Durkheim’s theoretical framework of emotional solidarity. Following two initial stage of pilot testing, each scale was included in an onsite self-administered survey instrument and distributed to approximately 700 homes in a coastal South Carolina county. Psychometric properties were assessed and each scale was found to be high in internal consistency and construct validity (i.e., convergent and discriminant validity). Practical and theoretical implications are discussed as well as potential research opportunities concerning emotional solidarity.