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ERIC Number: EJ978494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Factorial and Item-Level Invariance of an Emotional Intelligence Scale across Groups of International Students
Wang, Chuang; Kim, Do-Hong; Ng, Kok-Mun
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v30 n2 p160-170 Apr 2012
This study examined the factorial and item-level invariance of Wong and Law's emotional intelligence scale (WLEIS) in a sample of 375 international students in U.S. universities. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and differential item functioning (DIF) analysis were employed at the test and item level, respectively. International students from three regions were of interest: Far East Asia, India, and Europe. A single group CFA was conducted, and the model was found to fit for each group. The factorial invariance between the groups was tested through three models with cumulative constraints. The results suggest that the WLEIS is a viable emotional intelligence measure when applied to this student population. Students from different cultures shared similar pattern of EI. The DIF analysis further revealed that 14 out of 16 items functioned similarly between Far East Asian students and Indian students, while all the items functioned similarly between Far East Asian and European students. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; India; United States