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Antisocial behaviour in Malaysian adolescents: assessing measurement equivalence across gender differences


T’ng, Soo Ting and Baharudin, Rozumah and Ismail, Zanariah (2014) Antisocial behaviour in Malaysian adolescents: assessing measurement equivalence across gender differences. Child Indicators Research. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1874-897X; ESSN: 1874-8988


It is unclear whether group differences reported in literature emerged based on true differences or due to measurement bias across gender. The present study aimed to assess the measurement equivalence of three constructs (physical aggression, social aggression, and rule breaking) derived from Subtypes of Antisocial Behaviour (STAB) measure across gender. A sample of 1191 school-going adolescents (41.80 % males and 57.70 % females) was used to test seven types of equivalence: configural, metric, scalar, latent variances, latent mean, latent covariances, and functional equivalence. Physical aggression demonstrated configural invariance, invariance of latent variance, invariance of latent covariance, and functional equivalence, but not metric and scalar invariances. Social aggression and rule-breaking constructs demonstrated equivalence at all levels. Females scored lower on physical aggression, social aggression, and rule breaking compared to males, indicating true gender differences in antisocial behaviour. Assessments of measurement equivalence should be conducted before drawing substantive inferences about gender differences in antisocial behaviour among adolescents.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-014-9279-x
Publisher: Springer
Keywords: Gender differences; Antisocial behaviour; Measurement equivalence; Mean differences
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 12:52
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 01:45
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/36498
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