ERIC Number: EJ888922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Exploring the Latent Structures of Psychological Constructs in Social Development Using the Dimensional-Categorical Spectrum
Masyn, Katherine E.; Henderson, Craig E.; Greenbaum, Paul E.
Social Development, v19 n3 p470-493 Aug 2010
This paper provides an introduction to a recently developed conceptual framework--the dimensional-categorical spectrum--for utilizing general factor mixture models to explore the latent structures of psychological constructs. This framework offers advantages over traditional latent variable models that usually employ either continuous latent factors or categorical latent class variables to characterize the latent structure and require an a priori assumption about the underlying nature of the construct as either purely dimension or purely categorical. The modeling process is discussed in detail and then illustrated with data on the delinquency items of Achenbach's child behavior checklist from a sample of children in the National Adolescent and Child Treatment Study.
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist