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Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance of the Values in Action Inventory for Youth in Chinese Sample

[Speaker] Mu, Shoukuan:1
[Co-author] Li, Wen:1
1:Minnan Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

The Values in Action Inventory for Youth (VIA-Youth; Peterson & Seligman, 2004) is widely used to measure character strengths of adolescents. The main objective of the present study was to examine factor structure and measurement invariance of the VIA-Youth across gender and age in Chinese sample. The sample was composed of 1067 participants, grade from 4 to 12, 516 males, with a mean age of 163 months. Exploratory factor analyses and confirmatory factor analyses revealed that the VIA-Youth taps 3 dimensions of virtues: intellectual strengths, interpersonal strengths, and temperance strengths. In addition, following the approach proposed by Byrne (2006) and Cheung and Lau (2008), the results of testing the equivalence of factor structure supported metric, scalar and strict invariance of the VIA-Youth across gender and age. Future studies should continue to explore measurement invariance of the VIA-Youth across cultures and ethics.
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