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

Paperback | April 10, 2014

byAntoinette Y. Farmer, G. Lawrence Farmer

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Social work researchers often conduct research with groups that are diverse in terms of gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnic background, or age. Consequently, social work researchers must take great care to establish research-design equivalence at all phases of the research process(e.g., problem formulation, research design, sampling, measurement selection, data collection, and data analysis); otherwise, the results might reflect methodological flaws rather than true group differences and therefore lead to erroneous conclusions. This book introduces the methodologicalprecautions that must be taken into consideration when conducting research with diverse groups. Multigroup Confirmatory Analysis (MG-CFA) using structural equation modeling (SEM) was utilized to demonstrate how to assess seven types of measurement and structural equivalence that Milfont and Fischer (2010) have deemed important for studies with diverse samples. A hypothetical example wasprovided to illustrate how to design a study with good research-design equivalence. A case example was provided to demonstrate how to conduct an MG-CFA for each type of measurement and structural equivalence discussed. The Mplus syntax used to conduct the MG-CFA was provided. The results from theMG-CFA analyses were written up as they would be for publication.

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Social work researchers often conduct research with groups that are diverse in terms of gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnic background, or age. Consequently, social work researchers must take great care to establish research-design equivalence at all phases of the research process(e.g., problem formulation, research design, samp...

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 substanc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199914362

ISBN - 13:9780199914364

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionDiversity: Its implications for Establishing EquivalenceSamplingThe Need to Consider Contextual Factors when Establishing EquivalenceOrganization of the BookSignificance for Social Work2. Research-Design EquivalenceOverviewProblem FormulationResearch DesignSampling EquivalenceMeasurement SelectionData CollectionData AnalysisSummary and Conclusion3. Multigroup Confirmatory Factor Analysis to Establish Measurement and Structural EquivalenceOverviewMeasurement Equivalence DefinedOverview of Multigroup Confirmatory Factor AnalysisTesting Measurement Equivalence Across GroupsDistributional AnalysisBaseline Measurement ModelsMultigroup Confirmatory Factor AnalysisAdvances in multigroup analysisSummary and Conclusion4. Hypothetical Case IllustrationOverviewHypothetical Case IllustrationSummary and Conclusion5. ConclusionQualitative Methods in Establishing Measurement EquivalenceThe Challenge of Conducting Research to Establish Equivalence Using National DatasetsFuture DirectionsSocial Work Doctoral EducationReferencesAppendix A Establishing the Base CFA Model Hispanic and African American MalesAppendix B Adjusted Chi-Square Difference Test: Configural Versus Weak Factor Equivalent modelAppendix C Measure equivalence using alternative SEM programsIndex