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Developing Cross Cultural Measurement$
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Thanh V. Tran

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325089.001.0001

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Concluding Comments

Concluding Comments

Measurement in Cross-Cultural Research

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Developing Cross Cultural Measurement
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Thanh V. Tran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325089.003.0008

Similarly to other approaches of analyses, there are no universal or gold standard in cross-cultural research, especially in cross-cultural instrument development and construction. Both descriptive statistical approaches and LISREL multisample confirmatory factor analyses are demonstrated and illustrated in this book to provide the necessary tools to conduct further analyses in cross-cultural validity and reliability of research instruments. All social work practice and research are culturally based because we are living in a time of rapid globalization of business and human migration. The undesirable consequences of using nonequivalent research instruments in cross-cultural social work practice and research outweigh the cost of instrument development. Wrong screening instruments or biased diagnostic procedures lead to false implementation of treatments, and false treatments can harm clients socially, psychologically, and financially.

Keywords:   application of LISREL, gender issues, instrument development, statistical approaches, nonequivalent research instruments

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