Nesselroade and Molenaar's Measurement Concerns and Proposals: An Introduction

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In this special section Nesselroade and Molenaar (N & M) propose a provocative new approach to measurement invariance. When measures are collected repeatedly over time (e.g., daily diary studies), a potentially unique measurement model relating the items to the underlying construct can be created for each individual. If hypothesized causal paths specified between constructs (e.g., frustration → aggression) can be constrained to be equal across the individuals, a model with idiographic measurement of the constructs, but with nomothetic structural relationships can be specified. Three commentaries react to N & M's proposal. Revelle and Wilt challenge the priority given by N & M to unique individual measurement structures, arguing that between subjects differences in structural relationships are empirically important and meaningful. Markus's uses David Hume's framework to raise philosophy of science challenges for N & M's approach. Maydeu-Olivares challenges the incremental validity of N & M's approach, arguing that N & M's approach is unlikely to improve the prediction of between subjects criteria. Finally, N & M present a rejoinder to the three commentaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-395
Number of pages4
JournalMultivariate Behavioral Research
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - May 3 2016


  • confirmatory factor analysis
  • idiographic
  • Measurement
  • measurement invariance
  • nomothetic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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