Measurement invariance in the assessment of people with an intellectual disability

MacLean, Hannah, McKenzie, Karen, Kidd, Gill, Murray, Aja Louise and Schwannauer, Matthias (2011) Measurement invariance in the assessment of people with an intellectual disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32 (3). pp. 1081-1085. ISSN 0891 4222

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2011.01.022

Abstract

Intellectual assessment is central to the process of diagnosing an intellectual disability and the assessment process needs to be valid and reliable. One fundamental aspect of validity is that of measurement invariance, i.e. that the assessment measures the same thing in different populations. There are reasons to believe that measurement invariance of the Wechsler scales may not hold for people with an intellectual disability. Many of the issues which may influence factorial invariance are common to all versions of the scales. The present study, therefore, explored the factorial validity of the WAIS-III as used with people with an intellectual disability. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to assess goodness of fit of the proposed four factor model using 13 and 11 subtests. None of the indices used suggested a good fit for the model, indicating a lack of factorial validity and suggesting a lack of measurement invariance of the assessment with people with an intellectual disability. Several explanations for this and implications for other intellectual assessments were discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Measurement invariance, intellectual assessment, intellectual disability
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Mckenzie
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 08:22
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2017 15:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18087

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