ERIC Number: ED243916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Testing the Structural and Theoretical Aspects of Construct Validity Using Confirmatory Factor Analysis.
Benson, Jeri; Zarnegar, Zohreh
The purpose of the study was to use confirmatory factor analysis techniques to assess the adequacy of previous validity studies related to the structural and theoretical dimensions underlying a measure of self-concept, the Piers Harris Children's Self Concept Scale. Responses from 890 students in grades 3-6 were used as input to the LISREL program to test several theoretical models thought to represent the data. In addition, three subsamples were also created and used to test the effect of aggregating data on the structural validity of the scale by testing a given factor structure within subgroups simultaneously. Results indicated that a multidimensional model fit the data better than a general one-factor model. However, the multidimensional model was not invariant across the subgroups. Confirmatory factor analysis in construct validity studies is thought to be superior to either exploratory factor analysis or multitrait-multimethod matrices in its ability to analyze the theoretical and structural dimensions of a scale. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aggregation (Data); Confirmatory Factor Analysis; LISREL Computer Program; Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).