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Validation of a social cohesion theoretical framework: a multiple group SEM strategy

Bottoni, G. (2017). Validation of a social cohesion theoretical framework: a multiple group SEM strategy. Quality and Quantity, 52(3), pp. 1081-1102. doi: 10.1007/s11135-017-0505-8


Social cohesion dates back to the end of the nineteenth century. Back then, society experienced epochal transformations, as are also happening nowadays. Whenever there are epochal changes, a social order (cohesion) matter arises. The paper provides a conceptual scheme of social cohesion identifying its constituent dimensions subdivided by three spheres (macro, meso, micro) and two perspectives (objective and subjective). The overarching aim is to test the validity of the operationalization of the social cohesion model provided. Firstly, we conducted an exploratory factor analysis introducing an approach implemented in Mplus named exploratory structural equation modeling that shows several useful characteristics. Afterward, through a structural equation modeling approach, we performed several confirmatory factor analyses adopting a multiple group SEM strategy in order to cross-validate the social cohesion model.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in 'Quality & Quantity'. The final authenticated version is available online at:
Publisher Keywords: Social cohesion Structural equation modeling Multiple group SEM
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 16:35
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