Does the Spiritual Values/Religion Subscale of the Self-Description Questionnaire III Function Differentially Across Heterosexual and Non-Heterosexual Young Adults? A Measurement Invariance Study

Thai Q. Ong, Deborah L. Bandalos, Susan M. Swearer

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Abstract

We evaluated the dimensionality and measurement invariance of the Spiritual Values/Religion (SVR) subscale from the Self-Description Questionnaire III across heterosexual and non-heterosexual young adults. We found a one-factor model provided adequate fit to the data for each group, with the SVR items exhibiting configural, metric, and scalar invariance across the two groups. Given that we established measurement invariance, we examined the latent mean difference on the construct and found the heterosexual group reported significantly higher levels of spiritual value/religion than the non-heterosexual group. Our results provided empirical support for the theorized factor structure of the SVR items and the use of the SVR subscale across heterosexual and non-heterosexual young adults, making the scale a viable option for researchers studying religiosity in these specific subpopulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1367-1385
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume67
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 23 2020

Keywords

  • Religiosity
  • SDQ-III
  • heterosexual
  • measurement invariance
  • non-heterosexual
  • spiritual
  • young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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