ERIC Number: ED174741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Multiple Group Measurement Model of Children's Reports of Parental Socioeconomic Status. Discussion Papers No. 531-78.
Mare, Robert D.; Mason, William M.
An important class of applications of measurement error or constrained factor analytic models consists of comparing models for several populations. In such cases, it is appropriate to make explicit statistical tests of model similarity across groups and to constrain some parameters of the models to be equal across groups using a priori substantive information. This paper discusses a statistical model developed by K. G. Joreskog for these purposes. The model is applied to children's and parents' reports of parental socioeconomic statuses for several grade levels. The analysis, which includes data from sons' reports of the schooling and occupations of their mothers and fathers, suggests that children do not approach their parents' level of reporting accuracy at the same rate for all characteristics; however, by twelfth grade, sons and parents are equally reliable for all characteristics considered. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.