A test of construct isomorphism of the belief in a Zero-Sum Game scale: a multilevel 43-nation study

Joanna Różycka-Tran , Guido Alessandri , Paweł Jurek , Michał Olech


Background We examined the equivalence of the individual and the country-level factor structure of the Belief in a Zero-Sum Game (BZSG) scale, a tool designed to measure antagonistic beliefs about social relations (i.e., perceived social antagonism) in the struggle for limited resources. Aims In this article we focused on a test of construct isomorphism in a multilevel modeling approach. It was hypothesized that the BZSG measure satisfies all requirements for a strong level of configural isomorphism, and thus that it is useful to investigate BZSG at both the individual and the country levels. The relationships between the BZSG at a country level with other macro-socio-economic indicators were also investigated. Method Multilevel confirmatory factor analysis (MCFA) was carried out on a cross-country sample composed of 11,368 participants from 43 different countries. We also used the country-level latent BZSG factor in each country as an indicator of a property that we attributed to a particular culture: cultural dimension (collectivism-individualism), macroeconomic indicators (GDP per capita and GNI per capita) and macrosocial indicators (Human Development Index and Democracy Index) describing societies. Results The results revealed an isomorphic factor structure of perceived social antagonism (measured by BZSG scale), defined in terms of the equivalence factor structure at the both individual and country levels. Furthermore, the relationship between the perceived social antagonism, gross national income per capita, and collectivism were confirmed. Conclusions Our study supports the usefulness of the BZSG scale for cross-cultural comparison, in the case of its isomorphic structure. At the country level, antagonistic beliefs emerge in hierarchical collectivist societies with lower income. The main contribution of this article is the presentation of the test of construct isomorphism. We made an effort to present a full perspective on construct isomorphism putting together two different but very recent approaches.
Author Joanna Różycka-Tran (FSS / IPsych / DSP)
Joanna Różycka-Tran,,
- Division of Social Psychology
, Guido Alessandri
Guido Alessandri,,
, Paweł Jurek (FSS / IPsych / DSP)
Paweł Jurek,,
- Division of Social Psychology
, Michał Olech
Michał Olech,,
Journal seriesPlos One, ISSN 1932-6203, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.7
URL https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0203196&type=printable
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)40
ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, 04-10-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 40.0, 04-10-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 2.806 (2) - 2016=3.394 (5)
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