Checking procedure for collapsing 5 point likert scale to 3 point


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I would like to find out what is the correct procedure for doing so. That is, combining agree and strongly agree, combining disagree and strongly disagree. I am not sure if I can use the same procedure for combining categorical responses in SPSS for ordinal data. I.e. to transform=>recode into different variables=> (1 = 1, 2=1, 3=2, 4=3, 5=3) where from oldvalue
1= strongly disagree ( new=1)
2= disagree (new=1)
3=neutral (new=2)
4=agree (new =3)
5=strongly agree (new =3)

Thanks for your help!