Definition of Likert scale in English:

Likert scale

noun

Psychology
  • A scale used to represent people's attitudes to a topic.

    • ‘This information was also recorded simultaneously and was answered on a five-point scale, like a Likert scale.’
    • ‘Both a visual analog scale and a Likert scale were used to assess the severity of nausea.’
    • ‘Global ratings for parent and child behavior were completed by the observers after viewing the entire interaction sequence, using 7-point Likert scales (where 1 = not at all, and 7 = very much).’
    • ‘The authors chose to use the original Likert scaling because the Likert scale preserves more information.’
    • ‘A Likert scale was used to assess the extent of pain experienced on return to the ward in the day case group and on return home in the outpatient group.’

Origin

1940s: named after Rensis Likert (1903–81), American psychologist.

Pronunciation

Likert scale

/ˈlʌɪkət/