### Abstract

When the variables of interest are measured by a set of items on units having a multilevel setting, conventional structural equation models cannot be used because the assumption of independence of all latent variables and indicators across units is violated due to the within-cluster dependence. In this work we propose the use of parcelling in defining of latent variables of a multilevel structural equation model (MSEM). The paper aims to face the problem of the use of categorical item response data when a multilevel SEM must be applied.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Statistical Methods for Service Quality Evaluation - Book of short papers of IES 2019, Rome, Italy, July 4-5 |

Number of pages | 5 |

Publication status | Published - 2019 |

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Genova, V. G., Boscaino, G., & Sciandra, M. (2019). Parceling in Multilevel Structural Equation Models for the measure of a latent construct. In

*Statistical Methods for Service Quality Evaluation - Book of short papers of IES 2019, Rome, Italy, July 4-5*