Measurement invariance of the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) across Bulgarian, Dutch and Greek samples
The Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM; Phinney, 1992) is a widely used instrument to quantify the way people think, feel, and behave regarding their ethnic origin. This instrument is commonly used to compare groups of people from different ethnic and/or cultural backgrounds. However, in order for these comparisons to be accurate, measurement invariance between groups needs to be tested and this is what has been done in the current study. First, confirmatory factor analyses were conducted separately for data sets with Bulgarian, Dutch, and Greek adolescents. Second, configural and scalar invariance were tested. Finally, comparisons between Bulgarian, Dutch, and Greek adolescents were made on their scores on MEIM.
Mastrotheodoros, S., Dimitrova, R., Motti-Stefanidi, F., Abubakar, A., & Van de Schoot, R. (2012). Measurement invariance of the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) across Bulgarian, Dutch and Greek samples. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9(4), 508-515. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2012.688099
The current paper was written as part of a writing week organized by the young researchers of the European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP). We would like to thank Leonard Vanbrabant for assisting with the analyses and Suzannah Ravenscroft for proof-reading the text. Stefanos Mastrotheodoros is supported as a PhD student with a scholarship from the Propondis Foundation, Peireaus, Greece. The AStRA project was supported by a small grant to the third author by the Special Research Account of the University of Athens, Greece.