Face validity

Definition: A subjective judgement of how suitable a measure appears to be on the surface, that is, how well a measure is operationalized. For example, judging whether questionnaire items should relate to a construct of interest at face value. Face validity is related to construct validity, but since it is subjective/informal, it is considered an easy but weak form of validity.

Related terms: <a href='/glossary/construct-validity/'>Construct Validity</a>, <a href='/glossary/content-validity/'>Content Validity</a>, Logical Validity, Operationalization, <a href='/glossary/validity/'>Validity</a>

Reference: Holden (2010)

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