Dissertation Abstracts

Searching for Equivalence: An Exploration of the Potential of Online Probing with Examples from National Identity

Author: Meitinger, Katharina , katharina.meitinger@gesis.org
Department: GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
University: University of Mannheim, Germany
Supervisor: Michael Braun
Year of completion: 2016
Language of dissertation: English

Keywords: Online Probing , Measurement Invariance , National Identity , Mixed Methods
Areas of Research: Logic and Methodology , Comparative Sociology , Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations


Online probing is an innovative method that has been developed recently. The method has two main goals: Assessing the validity of survey items and uncovering equivalence problems in cross-national surveys. The overarching goal of this dissertation project is to explore the potential of the method of online probing vis-à-vis cognitive interviewing and measurement invariance tests, two methods that share similar goals than online probing, and to evaluate the potential of online probing as an assessment tool of single-item indicators in cross-national research. The research field of national identity serves as a substantive application for this dissertation.

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