I Just Don't Trust Them: The Development and Validation of an Assessment Instrument to Measure Trust in Science and Scientists
Trust in science and scientists can greatly influence consideration of scientific developments and activities. Yet, trust is a nebulous construct based on emotions, knowledge, beliefs, and relationships. As we explored the literature regarding trust in science and scientists we discovered that no instruments were available to assess the construct, and therefore, we developed one. Using a process of data collection from science faculty members and undergraduate students, field testing, expert feedback, and an iterative process of design, we developed, validated, and established the reliability of the Trust in Science and Scientist Inventory. Our 21-item instrument has a reliability of Cronbach's alpha of .86, and we have successfully field-tested it with a range of undergraduate college students. We discuss implications and possible applications of the instrument, and include it in the appendix.
Nadelson, Louis; Jorcyk, Cheryl; Yang, Dazhi; Smith, Mary Jarratt; Matson, Sam; Cornell, Ken; and Husting, Virginia. (2014). "I Just Don't Trust Them: The Development and Validation of an Assessment Instrument to Measure Trust in Science and Scientists". School Science and Mathematics, 114(2), 76-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ssm.12051