A confirmatory factor analysis of home environment and home social behavior data from the elementary school success profile for families

Kate M. Wegmann, Aaron M. Thompson, Natasha K. Bowen

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Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to test the factor structure and scale quality of data provided by caregivers about the home environment and child behavior at home using the Elementary School Success Profile (ESSP) for Families. The ESSP for Families is one component of the ESSP, an online social-environmental assessment that also collects information from students and teachers. Confirmatory factor analyses with Mplus and weighted least squares means and variances adjusted estimation took into account the hierarchical nature and ordinal level of the data. The sample comprised caregivers of 692 third- through fifth-grade students from 13 elementary schools in four districts. A primary model and an alternative model were tested. Models were tested on a random calibration sample and validated with another sample. A nine-factor first-order solution demonstrated superior fit to the data. Scores from the nine scales also demonstrated acceptable internal consistency reliability. Implications for practice and further research are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Work Research
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Elementary school
  • Reliability
  • Social environment
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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