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Testing for measurement invariance of attachment across Chinese and American adolescent samples
Ling Ren1; Jihong “Solomon” Zhao1; Ni “Phil” He2; Ineke Haen Marshall2; Hongwei Zhang3; Ruohui Zhao4; Cheng Jin5
2015-01-13
Source PublicationInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
ISSN0306-624X
Volume60Issue:8Pages:964-991
Abstract

Adolescent attachment to formal and informal institutions has emerged as a major focus of criminological theories since the publication of Hirschi’s work in 1969. This study attempts to examine the psychometric equivalence of the factorial structure of attachment measures across nations reflecting Western and Eastern cultures. Twelve manifest variables are used tapping the concepts of adolescent attachment to parents, school, and neighborhood. Confirmatory factor analysis is used to conduct invariance test across approximately 3,000 Chinese and U.S. adolescents. Results provide strong support for a three-factor model; the multigroup invariance tests reveal mixed results. While the family attachment measure appears invariant between the two samples, significant differences in the coefficients of the factor loadings are detected in the school attachment and neighborhood attachment measures. The results of regression analyses lend support to the predictive validity of three types of attachment. Finally, the limitations of the study are discussed.

KeywordMeasurement Invariance Test Family Attachment School Attachment Neighborhood Attachment Chinese Adolescents American Adolescents
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X14566602
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology ; Psychology
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology ; Psychology, Applied
WOS IDWOS:000374794900005
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorLing Ren
Affiliation1.Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA
2.Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
3.Guangxi University, Nanning, China
4.University of Macau, Macau, China
5.Zhejiang Police College, Hangzhou, China
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Ling Ren,Jihong “Solomon” Zhao,Ni “Phil” He,et al. Testing for measurement invariance of attachment across Chinese and American adolescent samples[J]. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology,2015,60(8):964-991.
APA Ling Ren.,Jihong “Solomon” Zhao.,Ni “Phil” He.,Ineke Haen Marshall.,Hongwei Zhang.,...&Cheng Jin.(2015).Testing for measurement invariance of attachment across Chinese and American adolescent samples.International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology,60(8),964-991.
MLA Ling Ren,et al."Testing for measurement invariance of attachment across Chinese and American adolescent samples".International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 60.8(2015):964-991.
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