ERIC Number: EJ1037721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
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Reference Count: 53
Does Gender-Specific Differential Item Functioning Affect the Structure in Vocational Interest Inventories?
Beinicke, Andrea; Pässler, Katja; Hell, Benedikt
International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, v14 n2 p181-198 Jul 2014
The study investigates consequences of eliminating items showing gender-specific differential item functioning (DIF) on the psychometric structure of a standard RIASEC interest inventory. Holland's hexagonal model was tested for structural invariance using a confirmatory methodological approach (confirmatory factor analysis and randomization tests of hypothesized order relations). Results suggest that eliminating items showing gender-specific DIF had no considerable influence on the instrument's psychometric structure. Considering DIF as one possibility to improve test fairness when developing interest inventories is discussed.
Descriptors: Test Bias, Gender Differences, Vocational Interests, Interest Inventories, Psychometrics, Models, Factor Analysis
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