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ERIC Number: EJ857027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-1070-5511
Classical Latent Profile Analysis of Academic Self-Concept Dimensions: Synergy of Person- and Variable-Centered Approaches to Theoretical Models of Self-Concept
Marsh, Herbert W.; Ludtke, Oliver; Trautwein, Ulrich; Morin, Alexandre J. S.
Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v16 n2 p191-225 2009
In this investigation, we used a classic latent profile analysis (LPA), a person-centered approach, to identify groups of students who had similar profiles for multiple dimensions of academic self-concept (ASC) and related these LPA groups to a diverse set of correlates. Consistent with a priori predictions, we identified 5 LPA groups representing a combination of profile level (high vs. low overall ASC) and profile shape (math vs. verbal self-concepts) that complemented results based on a traditional variable-centered approach. Whereas LPA groups were substantially and logically related to the set of 10 correlates, much of the predictive power of individual ASC factors was lost in the formation of groups and the inclusion of the correlates into the LPA distorted the nature of the groups. LPA issues examined include distinctions between quantitative (level) and qualitative (shape) differences in LPA profiles, goodness of fit and the determination of the number of LPA groups, appropriateness of correlates as covariates or auxiliary variables, and alternative approaches to present and interpret the results. (Contains 2 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany