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Measuring Multiple Identities: A Latent Variable Model of State and Ethno-national Identity

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This paper contributes to the conceptualization and measurement of individual-level identity by proposing a latent variable model of individuals' strength of identification with the state in which they live and their ethno-national group using data from an original survey administered to the students of 21 secondary schools in 12 towns in Bosnia- Herzegovina (N=2,989) and Croatia (N=1,468). The paper proposes two important improvements to survey-based identity measurement. First, the paper argues that a latent-variable approach is best suited to measure this kind of abstract, unobservable concept. Second, the paper contends that in contexts where individuals identify with multiple social entities, it is important to measure the strength of each identity separately. Parallel measurement models for the strength of students' identification with the state and with their ethno-national group are developed and compared to commonly-used, single-indicator measures in a series of construct validation tests. These tests suggest that the latent variable measures are vastly superior to the single indicator measures.

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social identity, national identity, measurement, latent variables, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina
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Levy, Naomi. "Measuring Multiple Identities: A Latent Variable Model of State and Ethno-national Identity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA 2008 Annual Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug 28, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-12-01 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p280405_index.html>

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Levy, N. , 2008-08-28 "Measuring Multiple Identities: A Latent Variable Model of State and Ethno-national Identity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA 2008 Annual Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts Online <APPLICATION/X-MSDOWNLOAD>. 2014-12-01 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p280405_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper contributes to the conceptualization and measurement of individual-level identity by proposing a latent variable model of individuals' strength of identification with the state in which they live and their ethno-national group using data from an original survey administered to the students of 21 secondary schools in 12 towns in Bosnia- Herzegovina (N=2,989) and Croatia (N=1,468). The paper proposes two important improvements to survey-based identity measurement. First, the paper argues that a latent-variable approach is best suited to measure this kind of abstract, unobservable concept. Second, the paper contends that in contexts where individuals identify with multiple social entities, it is important to measure the strength of each identity separately. Parallel measurement models for the strength of students' identification with the state and with their ethno-national group are developed and compared to commonly-used, single-indicator measures in a series of construct validation tests. These tests suggest that the latent variable measures are vastly superior to the single indicator measures.


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