Validating the Trust in Teams and Trust in Leaders Scales

Validation des Échelles de Mesure de la Confiance à l’Égard des Équipes et des Chefs


  1. Adams, B.D.
  2. Sartori, J.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This study explores the psychometric properties of two scales: the Team Trust Scale and the Leader Trust Scale. An earlier validation effort (Adams, Bruyn and Chung-Yan, 2004) showed that although Benevolence, Integrity and Predictability formed discrete factors in exploratory factor analyses, the Competence items required revision. The goal of this work, then, is to explore the properties of the revised scales, to compare them to more established measures of trust in teams and in team leaders, and to attempt to validate their structure using confirmatory factor analyses. Lastly, it will also be important to explore the predictive validity of the scale measuring trust in teams. Two hundred and twenty (220) regular force Army participants from a Canadian Forces base completed the Team Trust Scale and the Leader Trust Scale (Adams and Sartori, 2005), as well as several other related measures. Results showed that the scales were related in predictable ways to other scales tapping similar constructs, showing good evidence of convergent validity. Confirmatory factor analyses showed that the hypothesized structure underlying the scales provided a better fit to the data than a competing model. And, there was also very good evidence of the predictive validity of the Team Trust Scale, as it showed itself to be able to predict perceptions of teamwork, team morale, cohesion, and even combat readiness. These findings provide very good support for the scales, and suggest that they general

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Team Trust Scale;Leader Trust Scale;validation;psychometric properties
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2006-008 — Contracor Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2006
Number of Pages
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