A Scale to Measure Risk Behaviour of Vegetable Farmers

Navitha Raj, Allan Thomas


Vegetable farming is associated with many risks and uncertainties and farmers express different attitudes towards such risks. Therefore, a reliable and valid scale was developed using Likert’s summated rating method in order to measure the risk attitude of vegetable farmers. The study describes the development of a scale in a stepwise manner including collection of statements, editing, item analysis and selection. Forty-two statements were selected from 95 statements, for which the ‘t’ value was worked out. Based on the ‘t’ value, 28 statements were selected, which form the risk attitude scale.The split-half technique was used to measure the reliability of the scale. Co-efficient of reliability of scale was found to be 0.95. The content validity was examined to determine the validity of items.Hence it was contended that the scale would prove useful in measuring the risk attitude of vegetable farmers.


Risk attitude; vegetable farmers

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