The K-SF-42: A new short form of the Arizona life history battery

Aurelio José Figueredo, Rafael Antonio Garcia, J. Michael Menke, W. Jake Jacobs, Paul Robert Gladden, Jean Marie Bianchi, Emily Anne Patch, Connie J.A. Beck, Phillip S. Kavanagh, Marcela Sotomayor-Peterson, Yunfan Jiang, Norman P. Li

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Abstract

The purpose of the present article is to propose an alternative short form for the 199-item Arizona Life History Battery (ALHB), which we are calling the K-SF-42, as it contains 42 items as compared with the 20 items of the Mini-K, the short form that has been in greatest use for the past decade. These 42 items were selected from the ALHB, unlike those of the Mini-K, making direct comparisons of the relative psychometric performance of the two alternative short forms a valid and instructive exercise. A series of secondary data analyses were performed upon a recently completed five-nation crosscultural survey, which was originally designed to assess the role of life history strategy in the etiology of interpersonal aggression. Only data from the ALHB that were collected in all five cross-cultural replications were used for the present analyses. The single immediate objective of this secondary data analysis was producing the K-SF-42 such that it would perform optimally across all five cultures sampled, and perhaps even generalize well to other modern industrial societies not currently sampled as a result of the geographic breadth of those included in the present study. A novel method, based on the use of the Cross-Sample Geometric Mean as a criterion for item selection, was used for generating such a crossculturally valid short form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEvolutionary Psychology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Cross-Cultural research
  • Life history theory
  • Psychometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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    Figueredo, A. J., Garcia, R. A., Michael Menke, J., Jacobs, W. J., Gladden, P. R., Bianchi, J. M., Patch, E. A., Beck, C. J. A., Kavanagh, P. S., Sotomayor-Peterson, M., Jiang, Y., & Li, N. P. (2017). The K-SF-42: A new short form of the Arizona life history battery. Evolutionary Psychology, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/1474704916676276