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Testing Invariance in Risk Taking: A Comparison Between Anglophone and Francophone Groups


  • Ann-Renée Blais
  • Elke U. Weber


This article investigates the measurement invariance of 3 related constructs across 2 groups sampled from Anglophone and Francophone adult populations. Multiple-group confirmatory factor analyses explored the factor structures of the Domain-Specific Risk-Taking (DOSPERT) Scale (Weber, Blais, & Betz, 2002), the Risk-Taking scale of the Jackson Personality Inventory (Jackson, 1994), and the Sensation-Seeking Scale (Zuckerman, 1980; 1994) both within and between the 2 groups of 172 Anglophone and 187 Francophone participants. The psychometric properties of the original and translated instruments are discussed, as is the meaningfulness of using these scales in these populations. Le présent article se penche sur l'invariance des mesures de trois construits corrélés pour deux groupes échantillonnés issus de populations adultes anglophones et francophones. Des analyses factorielles confirmatoires de groupes multiples ont été conduites sur les structures factorielles de l'échelle Domain-Specific Risk-Taking (DOSPERT) (Weber, Blais, et Betz, 2002), de l'échelle de prise de risque de l'inventaire de personnalité (Personality Inventory) de Jackson (Jackson, 1994), et de l'échelle de recherche de sensations (Sensation-Seeking Scale) de Zuckerman (Zuckerman, 1980; 1994) aussi bien à l'intérieur de deux groupes de 172 participants anglophones et de 187 participants francophones qu'entre ces deux mêmes groupes. Nous discutons des propriétés psychométriques des instruments originaux et traduits, de même que de la pertinence d'utiliser ces échelles au sein des populations en question.

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  • Ann-Renée Blais & Elke U. Weber, 2006. "Testing Invariance in Risk Taking: A Comparison Between Anglophone and Francophone Groups," CIRANO Working Papers 2006s-25, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2006s-25

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    1. Ann-Renée Blais & Elke U. Weber, 2006. "A Domain-Specific Risk-Taking (DOSPERT)Scale for Adult Populations," CIRANO Working Papers 2006s-24, CIRANO.
    2. Ann-Renée Blais & Elke U. Weber, 2006. "A Domain-Specific Risk-Taking (DOSPERT) scale for adult populations," Judgment and Decision Making, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, vol. 1, pages 33-47, July.


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