Assessing reliability and validity of the 15-item short version of the attitudes toward women scale (AWS) among Turkish students

Delevi R., Bugay A.

Journal of International Women's Studies, vol.14, no.1, pp.263-272, 2013 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: Journal of International Women's Studies
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.263-272
  • Keywords: Adaptation, Attitudes toward Women Scale, Reliability, Turkish, Validity
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of the present study was to adapt the 15-item short version of Attitude toward Women Scale (AWS) (Spence & Helmreich, 1978) into Turkish by first doing the translation of its items and then by investigating its preliminary psychometric properties. AWS and Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) were administered to Turkish college students. Factor structures, convergent validity, and internal reliability were investigated across two independent samples. Result revealed satisfactory internal reliability, convergent and construct validity for the 12-item short version in both samples, suggesting that the scale can be used as a reliable instrument in the Turkish culture to assess attitudes towards women. © 2013 Journal of International Women's Studies.