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University students responded to a survey measuring identity development using a 4-point Likert-type scale with two additional options: neutral and unsure. The level of identity development of students who chose neutral was compared to the level of identity development of students who chose unsure on the same item. On average, these two groups of students had similar scores. Neutral and unsure did not seem to be used to indicate different levels of the construct of interest. Often these two categories were used as a middle response, but on one scale they were used as a moderately high response
DeMars, C. E., & Erwin, T. D. (2005, August). Neutral or unsure: Is there a difference?. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.