Introduction: The need for cognitive closure (NFC), defined as the desire for “an answer on a given topic, any answer … compared to confusion and ambiguity,” is a topic that has become increasingly important in behavioral neuroscience. The present study aimed to assess the applicability of a measure of need for cognitive closure, the “Need for Closure Scale-Short Form” (NFC-SF), for Turkish college students. Methods: Data from a total of 219 participants aged 19–29 years (male n=61, 27.9%; female n=158, 72.1%; Meanage=23.6 years, SD=3.06 years) were used to conduct validity and reliability analyses. Of the participants, 138 (63.0%; Meanage=22.62 years; SD=2.45 years) were university students, and the remainder had graduated from university (n=81; 37%; Meanage=24.16 years; SD=3.24 years). Results: Language validity (r=0.94, p=0.00), confirmatory factor analysis results (χ2/Df=4.07, GFI=0.90, IFI=0.89, CFI=0.90, AGFI=0.88, NNFI=0.90, and RMSEA=0.011), item analysis, and convergent validity results indicated that a single factor solution with 15 items met the criteria for adequacy of fit among Turkish young people. The internal consistency (r=0.74) revealed a moderate to acceptable reliability. Conclusion: The results demonstrated that the NFC-SF can be used in studies that evaluate the need for closure among Turkish young people.
- Need for closure