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Testing measurement invariance in a confirmatory factor analysis framework – State of the art
Sischka, Philipp mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
13th Conference of the European Sociological Association: (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities
29-08-2017 to 01-09-2017
European Sociological Association; Harokopio University, Athens
[en] Measurement invariance testing ; Alignment method ; WHO-5 scale
[en] In recent years, several studies have stressed out the importance to guarantee the comparability of theoretical constructs (i.e. measurement invariance) in the compared units (e.g., groups or time points) in order to conduct comparative analyses (e.g. Harkness, Van de Vijver, & Mohler, 2003; Meredith, 1993; Vandenberg, & Lance, 2000). If one does not test for measurement invariance (MI) or ignores lack of invariance, differences between groups in the latent constructs cannot be unambiguously attributed to ‘real’ differences or to differences in the measurement attributes. One approach to test for MI is in a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) framework. The presentation will be about new developments in the MI-CFA framework. Among other things, the presentation tries to answer the following questions:
• Which scale setting method to use (marker variable, fixed factor or effect coding method) when testing for MI?
• Should a top-down- or bottom-up-approach be used?
• How to test MI with a large number of groups (>30)?
• What are the possibilities to evaluate whether MI exists (e.g., statistical significance of the change in chi-square after Bonferroni adjustment, changes in approximate fit statistics, magnitude of difference between the parameter estimates)?
• How to determine confidence intervals for fit indices?
• Can MI be graphically analyzed?
• How can be dealt with non-invariance?
These questions will be tried to answered by an application to a real world dataset (N ~ 40.000), with a one-factor/five indicator model of a well-being scale tested in 35 groups.
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