Measuring College Students’ Community Service Attitudes Validly and Efficiently: Development of a Short Version of the Community Service Attitudes Scale

Jody S Nicholson, Heather Barnes Truelove, Jennifer M Barton, Robert G Molder


The current study presents a brief-version of an existing Community-Service Attitudes Scale (CSAS; Shiarella, McCarthy, & Tucker, 2000) that is theoretically-grounded, psychometrically-sound, and empirically validated. Students (n = 544) participating in courses which required a service-learning component were administered the original CSAS and validation measures. An exploratory factor analysis suggested an 8-factor, 24 item solution with simple structure and good fit-indices; a confirmatory factor analysis suggested good model fit, good internal consistency, and construct validity. 


exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, community-based learning, service learning, university students

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