I am looking to apply a statistical test to some Likert data. My survey responses were scaled 1 to 5 (strongly disagree to strongly agree, with no opinion = 3). I asked 47 people a series of 60 questions each, with all questions formatted so that an answer of "5" supported a general hypothesis, while an answer of "1" would say the hypothesis is incorrrect (in other words, 60 different questions regarding a certain hypothesis).

I tried to treat this Likert data as continuous rather than discrete, so that for each person, I calculated a "mean" answer (for instance, person 1 had an "average" response of 3.63, person 2 was 4.12, etc.). Was this an incorrect step? Can each person's mean be used, for a population of 47 means, in a classical normal distribution analysis?

Is there a brief or paper that I can use apply a statistical analysis to my Likert data?

Thanks,

Elroy