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Table 2 Measures and Reliability of Latent Variables

From: Secularity, abortion, assisted dying and the future of conscientious objection: modelling the relationship between attitudes

Construct Items CRa AVEb α
Attitude towards Assisted Dying • Assisted dying should be allowed for patients who are dying
• Assisted dying should be allowed for patients who have an incurable chronic disease yet who are not dying
.82 .70 0.81
Attitude towards Conscientious Objection • In general, healthcare professionals should be able to refrain from tasks for reasons of conscience, through local agreements that ensure the patient help from a colleague
• In general, healthcare professionals should have a statutory right to refrain from tasks for reasons of conscience
.88 .78 0.87
Attitude towards Abortion • In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy abortion should be available on request
• The time limit for having an abortion should be extended to 16 weeks
• It is ethically acceptable to choose abortion because the fetus has Down syndrome
.69 .43 0.67
Attitude towards Secularism • Norwegian society should be secular, without influence from Christianity
• Christianity should have greater influence on Norwegian society (reversed)
.82 .70 0.82
  1. Notes: a CR Composite Reliability, b AVE Average Variance Extracted. They are computed based on formulas given by Fornell, Larcker [14]