Single Indicator Reflective/Formative LV

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vidhula
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Single Indicator Reflective/Formative LV

Post by vidhula » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:52 am

Hai

I have a question about LVs with single indicators. How do I establish validity of the same? Would it be based just on theory or is there any computational method of assessing its validity?

Also, is there any difference between a single-indicator formative and single-indicator reflective LV when it comes to the PLS algorithm in SmartPLS?

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Vidhula

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Re: Single Indicator Reflective/Formative LV

Post by nayabeyes » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:06 am

According to Hair et al., (2013). A primer on PLS-SEM - Book), in case of two stage approaches, they mentioned that LVs measured with only one indicator are set equal to this indicator, no matter which measurement model setup is chosen (single-item constructs; pp.264-265).
So I think, in case of single item, no matter formative or reflective is used.
For validity, it is very difficult to validate single item measure. I think it is based on theory rather than computational method.
MURAD ALI, Ph.D

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Post by vidhula » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:32 am

Thanks Murad. I believe my single indicator LVs do have a strong theoretical basis. Will argue along the same lines. :)

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Post by nayabeyes » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:31 am

Check Hair et al., 2013. A primer on PLS-SEM – Book for using single item.
If cannot find book then check the papers as follows:
Hair et al 2012 An assessment of the use of partial least squares structural equation modeling in marketing research
Hair et al 2012 The Use of Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling in Strategic Management Research: A Review of Past Practices and Recommendations for Future Applications
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