Measuring vulnerability to stereotype threat

Lucy Barnard-Brak, Hansel Burley, Arturo Olivarez, Steven Crooks

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Introduction: In this study, we examined the psychometric properties of an instrument intended to measure vulnerability to stereotype threat. Method: We revised the instrument through assessing score reliability and then examined a domain specific model using confirmatory factor analyses. After examining the responses of the total sample consisting of mainly freshmen and sophomores (N = 414) at a large, public research-intensive university in the Southwestern United States, we attempted to establish configural and metric factorial invariance with gender as our grouping variable. Results: The revised domain specific version of the scale does not appear to consistently measure vulnerability to stereotype threat across gender. Discussion or Conclusion: These results suggest that this measure should be used with caution for across gender comparisons. Keywords: Stereotype threat, gender, measurement, psychometrics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
JournalElectronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology
StatePublished - 2008


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