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Brief Report  |   March 2002
Aspects of Emic and Etic Measurement: Lessons From Mary Poppins
Author Affiliations
  • Christopher J. Lee, PhD, is Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Elborn College Building, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6G 1H1, Canada; cjlee@uwo.ca
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Brief Report   |   March 2002
Aspects of Emic and Etic Measurement: Lessons From Mary Poppins
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2002, Vol. 56, 214-216. doi:10.5014/ajot.56.2.214
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2002, Vol. 56, 214-216. doi:10.5014/ajot.56.2.214
Abstract

This article describes emic and etic approaches to measurement in terms of a process of associating indicators and constructs. In this process, it is important to establish evidence of an adequate range of indicators and a relevant association of indicators and constructs and to recognize that such evidence places bounds on the interpretation of measurement outcomes. A passage from one of P. L. Travers’s Mary Poppins stories provides a counterpoint for this article’s discussion of these key aspects of emic and etic methods of measuring human individuality.