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ERIC Number: EJ1019479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Longitudinal Factor Structure of General Self-Concept and Locus of Control among High School Students
Wang, Ze; Su, Ihui
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v31 n6 p554-565 Dec 2013
This study examined the longitudinal factor structure of general self-concept and locus of control among high school students over a 4-year period, with data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988. Measurement invariance was tested over time and across gender and ethnic groups; second-order piecewise latent growth models were applied to study changes. In all analyses, Likert-type scale items were correctly treated as ordered-categorical variables and methodology was used accordingly. Results suggested that the measurement structure of general self-concept and locus of control was stable over time and across groups. In addition, both constructs decreased and then increased during the 4-year period. The female group and the White group followed the pattern of changes of the total sample. The male group and the three ethnic minority groups (Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Black) differed from the total sample in their change patterns. Further, group differences were observed in the two constructs at the base year.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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