Methodology and Statistics
International Conference, 17 - 19 September 2001
FDV, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Allan L. McCutcheon
UNL Gallup Research Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This paper presents a new methodology for analyzing association models that include latent scales in multiple groups. These methods are generalizable to a wide range of association models in which at least one of the variables in the analysis of association is latent; they are especially well suited to modeling cross-national differences and similarities in latent structures. The methods employed here derive from the work of Haberman (1974, 1979), Goodman (1974a, 1974b, 1979, 1984), Clogg (1982a, 1982b, 1988), and Hagenaars (1990, 1993), and extend the work of McCutcheon (1996, McCutcheon and Hagenaars 1997, Hagenaars and McCutcheon forthcoming). Following a discussion of the general and restricted model, and a comparison of the formal model to other latent variable models, an example is considered. This example focuses on a comparative analysis of the religious beliefs among the public's of five European Catholic nations (i.e., Austria, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Slovenia). Data from the 1991 International Social Survey Programme are examined.


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