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Measurement invariance in comparative Internet use research


Büchi, M (2016). Measurement invariance in comparative Internet use research. Studies in Communication Sciences, 16(1):61-69.

Abstract

Comparative studies in communication and Internet research call for equivalent measures of key constructs that are comparable across populations. This article details and applies the concept of measurement invariance within a cross-nationally comparative context. Multi-group confirmatory factor analysis is used to test configural, metric, and scalar invariance in an empirical example and structural equation modeling introduces exogenous predictors of Internet use types. Results support metric invariance for a four-factor Internet usage model in three English-speaking countries. The significance of measurement invariance testing for unbiased comparative research is discussed.

Abstract

Comparative studies in communication and Internet research call for equivalent measures of key constructs that are comparable across populations. This article details and applies the concept of measurement invariance within a cross-nationally comparative context. Multi-group confirmatory factor analysis is used to test configural, metric, and scalar invariance in an empirical example and structural equation modeling introduces exogenous predictors of Internet use types. Results support metric invariance for a four-factor Internet usage model in three English-speaking countries. The significance of measurement invariance testing for unbiased comparative research is discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Measurement invariance; Equivalence; Internet use; Comparative research; Communication methods; Digital divide
Language:English
Date:April 2016
Deposited On:15 Apr 2016 16:54
Last Modified:04 Sep 2016 01:01
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1424-4896
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scoms.2016.03.003

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