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Testing the stability of an acquiescence style factor behind two interrelated substantive variables in a panel design


Billiet, Jaak B; Davidov, Eldad (2008). Testing the stability of an acquiescence style factor behind two interrelated substantive variables in a panel design. Sociological Methods & Research, 36(4):542-562.

Abstract

This article addresses the question of to what extent one type of response style, called acquiescence (or agreeing response bias), is stable over time. A structural equation modeling approach is applied to measure the stability of one acquiescence factor behind two concepts among the same respondents for a 4-year period. The data used are representative population surveys in 1995 and 1999 from the Belgian Election Study in which balanced sets of items are used for measuring two interrelated constructs: perceived ethnic threat and distrust in politics. This study provides empirical support that acquiescence is stable and consistent for a 4-year period.

Abstract

This article addresses the question of to what extent one type of response style, called acquiescence (or agreeing response bias), is stable over time. A structural equation modeling approach is applied to measure the stability of one acquiescence factor behind two concepts among the same respondents for a 4-year period. The data used are representative population surveys in 1995 and 1999 from the Belgian Election Study in which balanced sets of items are used for measuring two interrelated constructs: perceived ethnic threat and distrust in politics. This study provides empirical support that acquiescence is stable and consistent for a 4-year period.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:acquiescence, stability, structural equation modelling, Belgian Election Study, perceived ethnic threat, distrust in politics
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:29 Apr 2014 12:49
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:49
Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc.
ISSN:0049-1241
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0049124107313901
Official URL:http://smr.sagepub.com/content/36/4/542.abstract

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