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Investigating Response Heterogeneity in the Context of Positively and Negatively Worded Items by Using Factor Mixture Modeling
Chester Chun Seng Kam1; Xitao Fan2
2020-04-01
Source PublicationOrganizational Research Methods
ABS Journal Level4
ISSN1094-4281
Volume23Issue:2Pages:322-341
Abstract

Factor mixture modeling was used to investigate potential response incongruity between positively and negatively worded items. Survey respondents (N = 591) answered questions about job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Results revealed two classes of respondent: a majority class, who generally do not have problems answering positively and negatively worded items, and a minority class, who have serious trouble with negatively worded items. With the exclusion of the minority class, job satisfaction and dissatisfaction were found to be essentially unidimensional rather than bidimensional as previous research had suggested. These results challenge previous findings regarding the bidimensionality of job satisfaction and cast doubt on the widespread research practice of assuming population homogeneity in survey responses. A detailed flowchart illustrating the analytic procedure and an Mplus syntax program are provided so that researchers can conduct similar investigations on constructs of interest.

KeywordFactor Mixture Modeling Item Wording Unidimensionality
DOI10.1177/1094428118790371
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaPsychology ; Business & Economics
WOS SubjectPsychology, Applied ; Management
WOS IDWOS:000516860500005
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorChester Chun Seng Kam
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,China
2.The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen),Shenzhen,China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Chester Chun Seng Kam,Xitao Fan. Investigating Response Heterogeneity in the Context of Positively and Negatively Worded Items by Using Factor Mixture Modeling[J]. Organizational Research Methods,2020,23(2):322-341.
APA Chester Chun Seng Kam,&Xitao Fan.(2020).Investigating Response Heterogeneity in the Context of Positively and Negatively Worded Items by Using Factor Mixture Modeling.Organizational Research Methods,23(2),322-341.
MLA Chester Chun Seng Kam,et al."Investigating Response Heterogeneity in the Context of Positively and Negatively Worded Items by Using Factor Mixture Modeling".Organizational Research Methods 23.2(2020):322-341.
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