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The Sensitivity of Confirmatory Factor Analytic Fit Indices to Violations of Factorial Invariance across Latent Classes: A Simulation Study

Abstract Although the issue of factorial invariance has received increasing attention in the literature, the focus is typically on differences in factor structure across groups that are directly observed, such as those denoted by sex or ethnicity. While establishing factorial invariance across observed groups is a requisite step in making meaningful cross-group comparisons, failure to attend to possible sources of latent class heterogeneity in the form of class-based differences in factor structure has the potential to compromise conclusions with respect to observed groups and may result in misguided attempts at instrument development and theory refinement. The present studies examined the sensitivity of two widely used confirmatory factor analytic ... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Blackwell, Kimberly Carol (Author) / Millsap, Roger E (Advisor) / Aiken, Leona S (Committee member) / Enders, Craig K (Committee member) / Mackinnon, David P (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Psychology / Statistics / confirmatory factor analysis / fit indices / heterogeneity / invariance / psychometrics
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 78 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Psychology 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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