Statistical treatment of multivariate constructs in social psychology

This dissertation argues that multivariate constructs require multivariate statistical analyses. Collapsing distinct measures into index variables renders subsequent statistical analyses uninterpretable. This problem is illustrated with commonly used index variables for the constructs of relative in...

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Main Author: Ullrich, Johannes
Contributors: Wagner, Ulrich (Prof. Dr.) (Thesis advisor)
Format: Dissertation
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2007
Psychologie
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Summary:This dissertation argues that multivariate constructs require multivariate statistical analyses. Collapsing distinct measures into index variables renders subsequent statistical analyses uninterpretable. This problem is illustrated with commonly used index variables for the constructs of relative ingroup prototypicality and attitude ambivalence. A multivariate approach to testing hypotheses about multivariate constructs is proposed and compared with the univariate approach in several empirical studies and computer simulations.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/z2007.0690