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Research with Diverse Groups: Research Designs and Multivariate Latent Modeling for Equivalence

Research with Diverse Groups: Research Designs and Multivariate Latent Modeling for Equivalence

by Antoinette Y. Farmer, G. Lawrence Farmer
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ISBN-13: 9780199914364
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/27/2014
Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Antoinette Y. Farmer is associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Rutgers University's School of Social Work. Her research focuses on examining the social and interpersonal factors that affect parenting as well as how parenting practices influence adolescent high risk behaviors, such as delinquency and substance use. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Service Research, which was devoted to informing researchers of the methodological issues confronting them when conducting research with minority and oppressed populations. She has also written several chapters on this issue as well, with the most recent appearing in the Handbook of Social Work Research Methods (2nd Edition).

Dr. G. Lawrence Farmer is associate professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service. His research focuses on understanding those social and interpersonal factors that place youth "at-risk" for exclusion from participating fully in society. Moreover, he is interested in the use of statistical methods to assess measurement and structural equivalence. The statistical methods he has used are structural equation modeling, differential item functional analysis, and item response theory.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Diversity: Its implications for Establishing Equivalence
The Need to Consider Contextual Factors when Establishing Equivalence
Organization of the Book
Significance for Social Work
Chapter 2 Research-Design Equivalence
Problem Formulation
Research Design
Sampling Equivalence
Measurement Selection
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Summary and Conclusion
Chapter 3 Multigroup Confirmatory Factor Analysis to Establish Measurement and Structural Equivalence
Measurement Equivalence Defined
Overview of Multigroup Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Testing Measurement Equivalence Across Groups
Distributional Analysis
Baseline Measurement Models
Multigroup Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Advances in multigroup analysis
Summary and Conclusion
Chapter 4 Hypothetical Case Illustration
Hypothetical Case Illustration
Summary and Conclusion
Chapter 5 Conclusion
Qualitative Methods in Establishing Measurement Equivalence
The Challenge of Conducting Research to Establish Equivalence Using National Datasets
Future Directions
Social Work Doctoral Education
Appendix A Establishing the Base CFA Model Hispanic and African American Males
Appendix B Adjusted Chi-Square Difference Test: Configural Versus Weak Factor Equivalent model
Appendix C Measure equivalence using alternative SEM programs

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