Title

Measurement Invariance Testing in Counseling

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-24-2020

Publication Title

Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory and Research

Volume

47

Issue

2

First page number:

89

Last page number:

104

Abstract

Measurement invariance is crucial in counseling research and assessment because it ensures that scores have the same meanings across treatment conditions, time points, or diverse populations. We conducted a review and content analysis of articles that reported invariance testing and were published in selected counseling journals between 2010 and 2019 (N = 1165). Findings suggest a small proportion of published invariance tests (2.8%) had been undertaken by counseling researchers. We found that the majority of the articles that reported invariance testing in counseling research addressed gender and race/ethnicity. Implications for future research, counselor educator training, and clinical practice are discussed.

Keywords

Measurement invariance; Content analysis; Multiple group confirmatory factor analysis; Multicultural assessment; Counseling

Disciplines

Counseling | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English

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