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A Structural Equation Model of Support for English-only Policies and Social Limitation of Immigrants and Minorities
Unformatted Document Text:  Social Limitation Structural Equation Model 18 TABLE 3 ABOUT HERE Because of these inconsistencies, three variables were removed from the model ("I believe that legal immigrants should be allowed to settle relatives here."[reversed]; I believe that everyone should speak English at work"; "I believe that everyone has the right to use his or her language at any time" [reversed]). The pattern of results from the second test of the measurement model indicated that it was a good fit to the data ( 2 (127) = 246.3, p< .0001, 2 /df = 1.94, TLI = .94, CFI = .95, RMSEA = .49, stability index = .089). The standardized path coefficients for each of the items are presented in Table 4. All the indicator variables showed relatively high path coefficients from their latent factor. TABLE 4 ABOUT HERE Test of the Structural Model The first test of the structural model indicated that the path coefficients between Spanish in the mass media and support for social limitation of immigrants and minorities, as well as relative vitality and support for English-only were not statistically significant. Therefore, these paths were removed to form a second model (Figure 2). FIGURE 2 ABOUT HERE This model showed a good overall fit to the covariance matrix ( 2 (129) = 246.8, p< .0001, 2 /df = 1.91, TLI = .94, CFI = .95, RMSEA = .49, stability index = .101); therefore, this model was accepted as the final model. All paths were statistically significant in the hypothesized direction.

Authors: Barker, Valerie. and Giles, Howard.
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Social Limitation Structural Equation Model 18
TABLE 3 ABOUT HERE
Because of these inconsistencies, three variables were removed from the model ("I
believe that legal immigrants should be allowed to settle relatives here."[reversed]; I
believe that everyone should speak English at work"; "I believe that everyone has the
right to use his or her language at any time" [reversed]). The pattern of results from the
second test of the measurement model indicated that it was a good fit to the data
(
2
(127) = 246.3, p< .0001,
2
/df = 1.94, TLI = .94, CFI = .95, RMSEA = .49, stability
index = .089). The standardized path coefficients for each of the items are presented in
Table 4. All the indicator variables showed relatively high path coefficients from their
latent factor.
TABLE 4 ABOUT HERE
Test of the Structural Model
The first test of the structural model indicated that the path coefficients between
Spanish in the mass media and support for social limitation of immigrants and
minorities, as well as relative vitality and support for English-only were not statistically
significant. Therefore, these paths were removed to form a second model (Figure 2).
FIGURE 2 ABOUT HERE
This model showed a good overall fit to the covariance matrix (
2
(129) = 246.8, p<
.0001,
2
/df = 1.91, TLI = .94, CFI = .95, RMSEA = .49, stability index = .101); therefore,
this model was accepted as the final model. All paths were statistically significant in the
hypothesized direction.


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