ERIC Number: ED243947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Cross-Cultural Attitudinal Scale Translation Using Maximum Likelihood Factor Analysis.
Mayberry, Paul W.
Efforts to study the fidelity of translation of attitudinal scales into foreign languages have faltered due to the lack of powerful statistical tests to assess such transformations. This study uses a maximum likelihood factor analysis procedure to compare multivariate factor structures across subpopulations. The results showed that inconsistent measurement can be identified in the analysis of cross-cultural scale translations for attitudinal instruments. The maximum likelihood factor analysis procedure provided many advantages over the classical test theory and item response theory approaches for the detection of inconsistent items in attitudinal instruments. Despite its limitations, the technique was readily able to accommodate multidimensional data sets that were polychotomously scored. The procedure also provided a very rigorous statistical test that is rooted in factor analysis research and is a viable alternative to the more restrictive item response theory techniques. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Inventory of Personal Investment (Braskamp Maehr)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).