Measuring Psychological Constructs: Advances in Model-Based Approaches

Measuring Psychological Constructs: Advances in Model-Based Approaches

by Susan E Embretson (Editor)


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This book offers integrative and clear presentations about the limitations of statistical tests and reviews alternative methods of data analysis, such as effect size estimation (at both the group and case levels) and interval estimation (i.e., confidence intervals). Readers will learn how to measure effect size on continuous or dichotomous outcomes in comparative studies with independent or dependent samples. Numerous research examples from a wide range of areas illustrate the application of these principles and how to estimate substantive significance instead of just statistical significance.

Qualitative Research in Psychology: Expanding Perspectives in Methodology and Design Edited by Paul M. Camic, Jean E. Rhodes, and Lucy Yardley

Qualitative methodologies and the different paradigms that guide them can be seen as both an alternative and complementary approach to quantification and positivism in social, personality, developmental, health, clinical, counseling, community and school psychology. Viewed as a complementary approach to research, qualitative methodology can be utilized alongside quantitative methods, bringing a new depth and richness to data analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433806919
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors xi

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

1 Measuring Psychological Constructs With Model-Based Approaches: An Introduction Susan E. Embretson 1

Part I Model-Based Approaches to Measuring Qualitative Differences Between Individuals 9

2 Mixture Distribution Item Response Theory, Latent Class Analysis, and Diagnostic Mixture Models Matthias von Davier 11

3 Skills Diagnosis for Education and Psychology With IRT-Based Parametric Latent Class Models Louis A. Roussos Louis V. DiBello Robert A. Henson Eunice Jang Jonathan L. Templin 35

4 Cognitive Psychometrics: Using Multinomial Processing Tree Models as Measurement Tools William H. Batchelder 71

Part II Model-Based Approaches to Isolating Entangled Constructs 95

5 Unidimensionality and Interpretability of Psychological Instruments Jan-Eric Gustafsson Lisbeth Aberg-Bengtsson 97

6 Using Item Response Theory to Disentangle Constructs at Different Levels of Generality David Thissen Lynne Steinberg 123

Part III Model-Based Approaches for Measuring Personality, Psychopathology, and Attitudes From Self-Reports 145

7 Measuring Psychopathology With Nonstandard Item Response Theory Models: Fitting the Four-Parameter Model to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Niels G. Waller Steven P. Reise 147

8 MIXUM: An Unfolding Mixture Model to Explore the Latitude of Acceptance Concept in Attitude Measurement James S. Roberts Jürgen Rost George B. Macready 175

Part IV Cognitive Psychometric Models for Interactive Item Generation 199

9 Recent Development and Prospects in Item Generation Isaac I. Bejar 201

10 Modeling the Effect of Item Designs Within the Rasch Model Rianne Janssen 227

11 CognitiveDesign Systems: A Structural Modeling Approach Applied to Developing a Spatial Ability Test Susan E. Embretson 247

Index 275

About the Editor 285

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