Assessing sense of school belonging across cultural contexts using the PSSM: measurement and functional invariance

Abubakar, Amina, van de Vijver, Fons J. R., Alonso-Arbiol, Itziar, Suryani, Angela O., Pandia, Weny Savitry, Handani, Penny, Arasa, Josephine, Mazrui, Lubna and Murugumi, Margaret (2016) Assessing sense of school belonging across cultural contexts using the PSSM: measurement and functional invariance. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34 4: 380-388. doi:10.1177/0734282915607161


Author Abubakar, Amina
van de Vijver, Fons J. R.
Alonso-Arbiol, Itziar
Suryani, Angela O.
Pandia, Weny Savitry
Handani, Penny
Arasa, Josephine
Mazrui, Lubna
Murugumi, Margaret
Title Assessing sense of school belonging across cultural contexts using the PSSM: measurement and functional invariance
Journal name Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0734-2829
1557-5144
Publication date 2016-07
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0734282915607161
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 4
Start page 380
End page 388
Total pages 9
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Despite its popularity, the factorial structure of the Psychological Sense of School Membership (PSSM) Questionnaire remains controversial. The current study set out to clarify its structure across different cultural contexts. The study was carried out among 1,928 adolescents aged 11 to 20 years in the Netherlands, Kenya, Indonesia, and Spain. Item-based measurement models with a single factor did not show a good fit. A bifactor method (defining a method factor for negatively worded items) did not show a good fit either. However, when items were combined per target to be rated (school, student, teacher, other people, and self), measurement invariance of a one-factorial model was found. Internal consistencies observed across the cultural groups studied were high. In addition, an evaluation of functional equivalence indicated that the relationship between PSSM and life satisfaction was invariant across countries. Implications for assessment and future directions are discussed.
Keyword Functional invariance
Measurement invariance
PSSM
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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