Validity of instrument development research in Korean nursing research

Kyunghee Lee, Sujin Shin

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Purpose: This integrative review study was done to analyze methods used for validation studies in Korean nursing research. Methods: In this study, the literature on instrument development in nursing research from Research Information Sharing Service (RISS) and major nursing journal databases in Korea were examined. The MeSH search terms included 'nursing', 'instrument', 'instrument development', 'validation' and 189 articles were included in the review. Results: The most frequently reported validity type was content validity, followed by construct validity, and criterion validity. One third reported a single type of validity, and 15% of the studies demonstrated three kinds of validity at the same time. In about 40% of the studies, both content and construct validity were examined. Conclusion: The results of the study indicate that it is necessary to provide a wider variety of evidence to establish whether instruments are valid enough to use in nursing research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-703
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Korean Academy of Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Instrument
  • Nursing
  • Validation studies
  • Validity


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