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Measurement Equivalence in Cross-National Research


Davidov, Eldad; Meuleman, Bart; Cieciuch, Jan; Schmidt, Peter; Billiet, Jaak (2014). Measurement Equivalence in Cross-National Research. Annual Review of Sociology, 40:55-75.

Abstract

Determining whether people in certain countries score differently in measurements of interest or whether concepts relate differently to each other across nations can indisputably assist in testing theories and advancing our sociological knowledge. However, meaningful comparisons of means or relationships between constructs within and across nations require equivalent measurements of these constructs. This is especially true for subjective attributes such as values, attitudes, opinions, or behavior. In this review, we first discuss the concept of cross-group measurement equivalence, look at possible sources of nonequivalence, and suggest ways to prevent it. Next, we examine the social science methodological literature for ways to empirically test for measurement equivalence. Finally, we consider what may be done when equivalence is not supported by the data and conclude with a review of recent developments that offer exciting directions and solutions for future research in cross-national measurement equivalence assessment.

Abstract

Determining whether people in certain countries score differently in measurements of interest or whether concepts relate differently to each other across nations can indisputably assist in testing theories and advancing our sociological knowledge. However, meaningful comparisons of means or relationships between constructs within and across nations require equivalent measurements of these constructs. This is especially true for subjective attributes such as values, attitudes, opinions, or behavior. In this review, we first discuss the concept of cross-group measurement equivalence, look at possible sources of nonequivalence, and suggest ways to prevent it. Next, we examine the social science methodological literature for ways to empirically test for measurement equivalence. Finally, we consider what may be done when equivalence is not supported by the data and conclude with a review of recent developments that offer exciting directions and solutions for future research in cross-national measurement equivalence assessment.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:measurement invariance, subjective constructs, cross-national comparisons
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:10 Sep 2014 14:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:22
Publisher:Annual Reviews
ISSN:0360-0572
Additional Information:The provided URL is an ePrint URL, a specially-keyed URL that allows nonsubscribers to access the Annual Review article freely via the Annual Reviews Web site.
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-071913-043137
Official URL:http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/eprint/dDDYVNPaTzsgSDbcT3y6/full/10.1146/annurev-soc-071913-043137

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