The development and validation of an academic, work health sciences, and community intentions scale for out-of-school-time (OST) participants

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Winter 2-2023


This study applies Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) to examine the internal structure and reliability of an academic, work, and community intentions scale for a cohort of out-of-school-time (OST) academic/STEM enrichment program participants (N = 533). This study utilizes the SPSS and SAS statistical software packages for comparative analysis. Both provide evidence of a three-factor model for intentions--Academic, Work/Health Science, and Community (i.e., the AWHSCI). The ordinal Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficients were excellent or good. Non-parametric tools were employed to determine differences in participants’ academic, work/health science, and community intentions by race and gender.