Need to precision: NFP (Viswanathan 1997) - Statswork

Need to precision: NFP (Viswanathan 1997)

The Need to precision: NFP developed by Viswanathan (1997) is a multidimensional measure and composed of 13 items using a 7-point Likert scale items ranging from 1 Strongly Disagree to 7 Strongly Agree. The components of this scale are:

  • Breadth of categorization
  • Unit of perception,
  • Need for cognition,
  • Tolerance for ambiguity,
  • Intelligence,
  • Field dependability,
  • Attitudes toward numerical information, statistics, and mathematics.

All the above components contain items specific to Need to precision.

The authors state

" NFP is a preference for engaging in a relatively fine-grained mode of processing."


Viswanathan, Madhubalan

Reliability and Validity

  • NFP - 0.76 to0 .84
  • Sorting task- 0.48
  • Tolerance for ambiguity- 0.25
  • Need for cognition- 0.27
  • Attitudes toward numerical information, statistics, and mathematics - 0.36; 0.28; 0.30

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The author expressed their perception in following, with regards to NFP scale; Researchers may utilise the scale of Need to precision: NFP (Viswanathan 1997) in any proper published source.

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