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Analysis of factorial invariance across gender in the Taiwan version of the satisfaction with life scale

Wu, Chia-huei and Yao, Grace (2006) Analysis of factorial invariance across gender in the Taiwan version of the satisfaction with life scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 40 (6). pp. 1259-1268. ISSN 0191-8869

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2005.11.012

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine factorial invariance of the 5-item Satisfaction with Life Scale-Taiwan version (SWLS) across gender among university students in Taiwan. A total of 476 undergraduate students (males = 207 and females = 269) at National Taiwan University completed the Taiwan version of the SWLS. Prior to any invariance analysis, one-factor and two-factor models (present and past factors) were applied to each group. The confirmatory factor analysis results revealed that both the one-factor model and the two-factor model were acceptable for each group. However, since the “present” and “past” factors were highly correlated in both groups (>0.90), the one-factor model was accepted upon consideration of the principle of parsimony. Further, based on the one-factor model, results from multi-sample analysis revealed that the Taiwan version of the SWLS has the property of strict factorial invariance across gender, including invariance of factor loadings, unique variances and factor variance.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/personality-and-i...
Additional Information: © 2005 Elsevier Ltd
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2013 12:20
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 13:59
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51735

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