Factorial structure of the family values scale from a multilevel-multicultural perspective

Byrne, Barbara M. and van de Vijver, Fons J. R. (2014) Factorial structure of the family values scale from a multilevel-multicultural perspective. International Journal of Testing, 14 2: 168-192. doi:10.1080/15305058.2013.870903


Author Byrne, Barbara M.
van de Vijver, Fons J. R.
Title Factorial structure of the family values scale from a multilevel-multicultural perspective
Journal name International Journal of Testing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-7574
1530-5058
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15305058.2013.870903
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 168
End page 192
Total pages 25
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract In cross-cultural research, there is a tendency for researchers to draw inferences at the country level based on individual-level data. Such action implicitly and often mistakenly assumes that both the measuring instrument and its underlying construct(s) are operating equivalently across both levels. Based on responses from 5,482 college students sampled from 27 countries, we took a structural equation modeling approach to addressing this issue of level equivalence. Purposes of the study were: (a) to validate the hypothesized two-factor structure of the Family Values Scale (FV Scale; Georgas, 1999) within a multilevel framework that took individual- and country-level information into account; (b) to test equivalence of the FV Scale across individual and country levels; and (c) to evaluate relations between the FV Scale and three possibly important covariates-gender at the individual level, and affluence and religion at the country level. Implications of findings and importance of multilevel equivalence in cross-cultural research are discussed.
Keyword Cross-cultural research
Measurement/structural equivalence
Multilevel modeling
Structural equation modeling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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