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Longitudinal associations among adolescents' internalizing problems, well-being, and the quality of their relationships with their mothers, fathers, and close friends.

Soc Sci Med 2021 Sep 8;289:114387. Epub 2021 Sep 8.

Department of Socio-Medical Sciences, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Rationale: Internalizing problems (i.e., depressive and anxiety symptoms) are known to decrease adolescents' well-being, but knowledge about potential underlying mechanisms is limited. Read More

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September 2021

A psychometric validation of the motives for physical activity measure for youth with intellectual disabilities (MPAM-ID).

Disabil Rehabil 2021 Sep 16:1-10. Epub 2021 Sep 16.

Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia.

Purpose: To validate a version of the Motives for Physical Activity Measure (MPAM) adapted for youth with intellectual disabilities (ID).

Materials And Methods: A sample of 359 youth with mild to moderate ID from Australia and Canada respectively completed English and French versions of the MPAM-ID.

Results: Exploratory structural equation models supported the validity and reliability of the five-factor structure of the MPAM-ID, as well as the weak, latent variance-covariance, and latent mean invariance across linguistic versions. Read More

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September 2021

Factor structure of the Chinese CES-D and invariance analyses across gender and over time among Chinese adolescents.

J Affect Disord 2021 Sep 3;295:639-646. Epub 2021 Sep 3.

Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China.

Background: Research findings on the factor structure and invariance of the Center for the Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) are inconclusive. Besides, very few studies have examined factorial invariance of the scale over time. Related studies based on Chinese adolescents are also sparse. Read More

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September 2021

Longitudinal measurement invariance in urbanization index of Chinese communities across 2000 and 2015: a Bayesian approximate measurement invariance approach.

BMC Public Health 2021 Sep 10;21(1):1653. Epub 2021 Sep 10.

Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong, 2/F, The HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, China.

Background: The Urbanicity Scale was developed based on the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) to measure the urbanization index of communities according to 12 components. The present study was designed to systematically investigate the factorial validity, reliability, and longitudinal measurement invariance (LMI) of the Urbanicity Scale.

Methods: Six waves of CHNS data from 2000 to 2015 were adopted. Read More

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September 2021

Estimating measurement equivalence of the 12-item General Health Questionnaire across ethnic groups in the UK.

Psychol Med 2021 Sep 9:1-9. Epub 2021 Sep 9.

University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Background: This study investigates the extent to which the GHQ-12 exhibits configural, metric and scalar invariance across six ethnic groups in Britain and Northern Ireland, using the UK Household Longitudinal Study (N = 35 410).

Methods: A confirmatory factor analysis was carried out on a white British group in order to establish an adequate measurement model. Secondly, a multi-group confirmatory factor analysis was conducted in order to assess measurement invariance. Read More

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September 2021

Psychometric properties and longitudinal measurement invariance of the drug craving scale: Modification of the Polish version of the Penn Alcohol Craving Scale (PACS).

PLoS One 2021 8;16(9):e0256018. Epub 2021 Sep 8.

Institute of Education, Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Kraków, Poland.

Background: The Penn Alcohol Craving Scale (PACS) is an instrument with good psychometric properties that is widely used to assess alcohol craving. Based on the assumption that the experience of craving is independent of substance type, the Polish version of the PACS was modified to measure drug craving, thus creating the Penn Drug Craving Scale (PDCS). The analyses presented in the paper aim to verify the hypothesis that the PDCS has a unidimensional structure, is highly reliable and features longitudinal measurement invariance. Read More

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September 2021

Methodological considerations when establishing reliable and valid normative data: Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) neuropsychological battery.

Clin Neuropsychol 2021 Sep 2:1-20. Epub 2021 Sep 2.

Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging & Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Creation of normative data with regression corrections for demographic covariates reduces risk of small cell sizes compared with traditional normative approaches. We explored whether methods of correcting for demographic covariates (e.g. Read More

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September 2021

Relationship quality in higher education and the interplay with student engagement and loyalty.

Br J Educ Psychol 2021 Aug 24:e12455. Epub 2021 Aug 24.

Roosevelt Center for Excellence in Education (RCEE), Middelburg, The Netherlands.

Background: To date, studies that have investigated the bonds between students and their institution have emphasized the importance of student-staff relationships. Measuring the quality of those relationships (i.e. Read More

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Evaluating the Validity and Reliability of the Gender Equitable Men's Scale Using a Longitudinal Cohort of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa.

AIDS Behav 2021 Aug 24. Epub 2021 Aug 24.

MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Inequitable gender norms and beliefs contribute to increased sexual risk behavior, and, among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), risk of HIV acquisition. We investigated the longitudinal measurement properties of the Gender Equitable Men's Scale (GEMS) when applied to a cohort of AGYW in rural South Africa (2011-2015). We used item response theory [Person-Item maps, Differential Item Functioning (DIF)] and measurement invariance confirmatory factor analysis models to assess the validity and reliability of the GEMS instrument. Read More

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Psychometric properties of the PHQ-9 measure of depression among Brazilian older adults.

Aging Ment Health 2021 Aug 19:1-6. Epub 2021 Aug 19.

Department of Health Service and Population Research; Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK.

: To obtain evidence on the psychometric properties of the Patient Health Questionnaire - 9 (PHQ-9, one of the most extensively used tools for assessing depression) in the Brazilian older population.Data on 3,356 Brazilian adults aged 60+ years living in Guarulhos, São Paulo state were used. The factor structure of the questionnaire was analysed using a factor analysis approach. Read More

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Perceived organizational support and perceived safety climate from the perspective of safety professionals: Testing reciprocal causality using a cross-lagged panel design.

J Safety Res 2021 09 22;78:1-8. Epub 2021 Jun 22.

Department of Applied Psychology: Work, Education, Economy, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Introduction: The objective of this study was to determine the reciprocal relationship between safety professionals perceived organizational support (POS) and perceived safety climate. Safety professionals are most effective when they perceive support from management and employees and they also attribute most of their success to support from the organization. Their work directly improves safety climate, and organizations with a high safety climate show a higher value for the safety professional. Read More

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September 2021

Longitudinal Measurement Invariance of the PHQ-9 and GAD-7.

Assessment 2021 Aug 10:10731911211035833. Epub 2021 Aug 10.

McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA, USA.

Intraindividual change over time is commonly used to estimate treatment effectiveness. However, patients may not respond similarly to a scale after treatment, rendering pre-post change an unreliable metric. The current objective was to investigate longitudinal measurement invariance of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale-7 among 4,323 patients completing a partial hospital program. Read More

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Longitudinal measurement invariance of the patient health questionnaire in a German sample.

BMC Psychiatry 2021 08 4;21(1):386. Epub 2021 Aug 4.

Department of Social Medicine and Prevention, Institute of Community Medicine, University Medicine Greifswald, Walther-Rathenau-Str. 48, 17475, Greifswald, Germany.

Background: The Patient Health Questionnaire-8 (PHQ-8) is a screening questionnaire of depressive symptoms. However, it is unknown whether it is equivalent across time and between groups of individuals. The aim of our paper was to test whether the PHQ-8 has the same meaning in two groups of individuals over time. Read More

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Longitudinal and Gender Measurement Invariance of the Gratitude Questionnaire in Chinese Adolescents.

Psychol Rep 2021 Aug 1:332941211036015. Epub 2021 Aug 1.

School of Psychology, 12401Shaanxi Normal University, Shaanxi Normal University, China.

The 5-item Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-5) is one of the most commonly used instruments to measure dispositional gratitude in adolescents. The purpose of this study was to verify the longitudinal measurement invariance (LMI) and gender measurement invariance (GMI) of the GQ-5 that was administered to an adolescent sample twice over the course of 18 months ( = 669). Single-group confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was adopted to examine the LMI and multiple-group CFA was conducted to assess the GMI. Read More

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Validating the Experiences in Close Relationships-Relationship Structures Scale among Chinese Children and Adolescents.

J Pers Assess 2021 Jul 22:1-12. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Faculty of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

The Experiences in Close Relationships-Relationship Structures (ECR-RS) scale is designed to capture attachment among diverse relational contexts (e.g., parents, friends). Read More

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Motivation and Perceived Learning of Secondary Education History Students. Analysis of a Programme on Initial Teacher Training.

Front Psychol 2021 1;12:661780. Epub 2021 Jul 1.

Department of Applied Didactics, Education Faculty, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

This paper presents the results of research on the initial teacher training in Spain. The aim is to verify whether the development of a training program for teachers based on methodological and epistemological aspects has a positive repercussion on the learning of secondary school pupils. We evaluated to what degree this training was reflected in secondary education pupils ( = 467, M = 14. Read More

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Longitudinal invariance of the positive and negative syndrome scale negative dimension in antipsychotic naïve first-episode schizophrenia.

Early Interv Psychiatry 2021 Jul 15. Epub 2021 Jul 15.

Laboratory of Integrative Neurosciences (LiNC), Department of Psychiatry, Federal University of Sao Paulo (EPM/UNIFESP), Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aim: Construct stability over time is required for reliable inference, but evidence regarding the longitudinal invariance of negative symptoms is still limited. Thus, we examined the longitudinal invariance of the negative dimension using the positive and negative syndrome scale (PANSS) in an antipsychotic-naïve first-episode schizophrenia sample at baseline and after 10 weeks.

Methods: Our study was conducted at a specialized early intervention service. Read More

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Associations between physical activity motives and trends in moderate-to-Vigorous physical activity among adolescents over five years.

J Sports Sci 2021 Jul 14:1-14. Epub 2021 Jul 14.

Centre de Formation Médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, Moncton, Canada.

This study examined the longitudinal associations between five physical activity (PA) motives and moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) across a 5-year period spanning late childhood to middle adolescence.: Data ( = 937; 55% girls; mean age = 10.33 years) were drawn from the Monitoring Activities for Teenagers to Comprehend their Habits study. Read More

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Structure of Cognitive Functions in Monolingual Preschool Children With Typical Development and Children With Developmental Language Disorder.

J Speech Lang Hear Res 2021 08 13;64(8):3140-3158. Epub 2021 Jul 13.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Phoniatrics-Head and Neck Surgery, Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Finland.

Purpose Developmental language disorder (DLD) is defined by persistent difficulties with language, but a growing body of evidence suggests that it is also associated with domain-general and nonverbal information-processing deficits. However, the interconnections between cognitive functions, both nonverbal and language related, are still unclear. With the aim of gaining more comprehensive insight into the cognitive deficits related to DLD, we investigated and compared the cognitive structure of children with DLD and typically developing (TD) children. Read More

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Adjusting for Measurement Noninvariance with Alignment in Growth Modeling.

Authors:
Mark H C Lai

Multivariate Behav Res 2021 Jul 8:1-18. Epub 2021 Jul 8.

Department of Psychology, University of Southern California.

Longitudinal measurement invariance-the consistency of measurement in data collected over time-is a prerequisite for any meaningful inferences of growth patterns. When one or more items measuring the construct of interest show noninvariant measurement properties over time, it leads to biased parameter estimates and inferences on the growth parameters. In this paper, I extend the recently developed alignment-within-confirmatory factor analysis (AwC) technique to adjust for measurement biases for growth models. Read More

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Prolonged grief disorder in DSM-5-TR: Early predictors and longitudinal measurement invariance.

Aust N Z J Psychiatry 2021 Jul 7:48674211025728. Epub 2021 Jul 7.

Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Objective: The , 5th Edition, Text Revision includes prolonged grief disorder as a novel disorder. Prolonged grief disorder can be diagnosed when acute grief stays distressing and disabling, beyond 12 months following bereavement. Evidence indicates that elevated prolonged grief disorder symptoms in the first year of bereavement predict pervasive grief later in time; targeting early elevated grief may potentially prevent symptoms getting chronic. Read More

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The Strengths Use Scale: Psychometric Properties, Longitudinal Invariance and Criterion Validity.

Front Psychol 2021 15;12:676153. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Department of Psychology, School of Life and Health Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Strengths use is an essential personal resource to consider when designing higher-educational programs and interventions. Strengths use is associated with positive outcomes for both the student (e.g. Read More

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Investigation of measurement invariance in longitudinal health-related quality of life in preemptive or previously dialyzed kidney transplant recipients.

Qual Life Res 2021 Jun 25. Epub 2021 Jun 25.

UMR INSERM 1246, SPHERE "methodS in Patient-centered outcomes and HEalth ResEarch", Université de Nantes, Université de Tours, 22 boulevard Benoni Goullin, Nantes, France.

Purpose: Kidney transplantation (KT) can impact patients' evaluation of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) as they adapt to their new life with a graft and its changes. Patients may adapt to KT in a different way, depending on whether they were on dialysis prior to transplantation or not (i.e. Read More

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Developmental Stage-Specific Effects of Parenting on Adolescents' Emotion Regulation: A Longitudinal Study From Infancy to Late Adolescence.

Front Psychol 2021 4;12:582770. Epub 2021 Jun 4.

Faculty of Social Sciences/Psychology, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland.

The quality of parenting shapes the development of children's emotion regulation. However, the relative importance of parenting in different developmental stages, indicative of sensitive periods, has rarely been studied. Therefore, we formulated four hypothetical developmental timing models to test the stage-specific effects of mothering and fathering in terms of parental autonomy and intimacy in infancy, middle childhood, and late adolescence on adolescents' emotion regulation. Read More

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Psychometric properties of the PROMIS-57 questionnaire, Norwegian version.

Qual Life Res 2021 Jun 18. Epub 2021 Jun 18.

University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

Purpose: The aims of this cross-sectional study were to explore reliability and validity of the Norwegian version of the Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement System-Profile 57 (PROMIS-57) questionnaire in a general population sample, n = 408, and to examine Item Response properties and factor structure.

Methods: Reliability measures were obtained from factor analysis and item response theory (IRT) methods. Correlations between PROMIS-57 and RAND-36-item health survey (RAND36) were examined for concurrent and discriminant validity. Read More

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Mood during pregnancy: Trends, structure, and invariance by gestational day.

J Psychiatr Res 2021 08 7;140:260-266. Epub 2021 Jun 7.

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Iowa, United States.

Mood dynamics during pregnancy are important in understanding a critical period of human development, and also as a model for biopsychosocial stress processes. Here, in four large samples of smartphone app respondents (differentiated by time period and number of responses), we modeled mood for each gestational day during the pregnancy period. We aimed to delineate patterns of changes in mood across pregnancy, as well as potential changes in measurement properties across the period. Read More

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The mechanisms of interest and perseverance in predicting achievement among academically resilient and non-resilient students: Evidence from Swedish longitudinal data.

Br J Educ Psychol 2021 Jun 10:e12431. Epub 2021 Jun 10.

University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Background: Students with low socio-economic status (SES) are typically depicted as low performers and more likely to fail in school. However, a group of students, despite their background, manage to succeed in school. The capacity to overcome adversities and achieve successful educational outcomes is referred to as Academic Resilience. Read More

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Psychometric properties and longitudinal measurement invariance of the Brazilian version of the subjective happiness scale in adolescents.

J Clin Transl Res 2021 Apr 16;7(2):234-240. Epub 2021 Mar 16.

Department of Stomatology, Federal University of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil.

Background: Happiness is a subjective construct. Validation studies to confirm validity and reliability of happiness measures are needed to verify its applicability in research and clinical fields.

Aim: The aim of this study was to test the psychometric properties and longitudinal measurement invariance (MI) of the subjective happiness scale (SHS) in adolescents. Read More

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Invariance Testing of the Disablement in the Physically Active Scale Short Form-10.

J Athl Train 2021 May 28. Epub 2021 May 28.

University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive MS2401, Moscow, ID 83844, Email:

Introduction: Psychometrically sound instruments are needed to accurately track treatment effectiveness and assess quality of patient care. The Disablement in Physically Active Scale Short Form-10 (DPAS-10) was developed as a more parsimonious version of the DPA Scale to assess disablement in the physically active. Psychometric assessment of the DPAS-10 has not been completed; specifically, scale properties must be assessed in a sample of individuals who only respond to the 10-item scale at multiple time points. Read More

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