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Measurement invariance, response styles and rural-urban measurement comparability

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This article investigates the effect of response styles (RSs) on rural–urban measurement comparability in Guyana. It uses the representative indicators response styles means and covariance structure (RIRSMACS) model and finds that traditional measurement invariance (MI) tests provide inadequate assurance of the absence of rural–urban measurement bias when RSs are not controlled. Even when MI is achieved, RSs can still differentially affect measurements and substantive results between rural and urban regions. In addition, a lack of MI may be at least partially due to RSs bias, but MI may also be due to RSs. Therefore, adjustments for RSs are necessary and researchers should be cautious about pooling data across rural and urban areas without controlling RSs.
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ADJUSTMENT, rural and urban culture, response styles, ACQUIESCENCE, BIAS, FIT INDEXES, RATING-SCALES, MEASUREMENT EQUIVALENCE, FACTORIAL INVARIANCE, CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH, STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELS, measurement invariance, TESTING MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE, item bias

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Thomas, Troy, koen Abts, and Patrick Vander Weyden. 2014. “Measurement Invariance, Response Styles and Rural-urban Measurement Comparability.” Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology 45 (7): 1011–1027.
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Thomas, T., Abts, koen, & Vander Weyden, P. (2014). Measurement invariance, response styles and rural-urban measurement comparability. JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY, 45(7), 1011–1027.
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Thomas T, Abts koen, Vander Weyden P. Measurement invariance, response styles and rural-urban measurement comparability. JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2014;45(7):1011–27.
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Thomas, Troy, koen Abts, and Patrick Vander Weyden. “Measurement Invariance, Response Styles and Rural-urban Measurement Comparability.” JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY 45.7 (2014): 1011–1027. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article investigates the effect of response styles (RSs) on rural--urban measurement comparability in Guyana. It uses the representative indicators response styles means and covariance structure (RIRSMACS) model and finds that traditional measurement invariance (MI) tests provide inadequate assurance of the absence of rural--urban measurement bias when RSs are not controlled. Even when MI is achieved, RSs can still differentially affect measurements and substantive results between rural and urban regions. In addition, a lack of MI may be at least partially due to RSs bias, but MI may also be due to RSs. Therefore, adjustments for RSs are necessary and researchers should be cautious about pooling data across rural and urban areas without controlling RSs.},
  author       = {Thomas, Troy and Abts, koen and Vander Weyden, Patrick},
  issn         = {0022-0221},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {ADJUSTMENT,rural and urban culture,response styles,ACQUIESCENCE,BIAS,FIT INDEXES,RATING-SCALES,MEASUREMENT EQUIVALENCE,FACTORIAL INVARIANCE,CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH,STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELS,measurement invariance,TESTING MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE,item bias},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {1011--1027},
  title        = {Measurement invariance, response styles and rural-urban measurement comparability},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022022114532359},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {2014},
}

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