Dealing with Methodological Pitfalls in Cross-Cultural Studies of Stress

Fons J. R. Van De Vijver, Ype H. Poortinga

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This chapter deals with assessment of stress in different groups, across or within societies, and the comparison of scores. It is argued that scores on scales can be subject to various kinds of cultural bias. Three sources are distinguished: construct bias, method bias, and item bias. Bias can be avoided, in part, through careful development and transfer of instruments. Bias can be identified through various forms of analysis of equivalence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbuch Stress und Kultur
Subtitle of host publicationInterkulturelle und kulturvergleichende Perspektiven
EditorsTobias Ringeisen, Petia Genkova, Frederick T. L. Leong
PublisherSpringer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783658278250
ISBN (Print)9783658278250
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2020


  • Cross-cultural research
  • Cultural bias
  • Equivalence
  • Test adaptation


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