Isabel Benitez Baena

Isabel Benitez Baena
University of Granada | UGR · Department of Methodology for Behavioral Science

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September 2013 - August 2015
Tilburg University
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In recent years, the school curricula in many European countries have introduced social and emotional learning (SEL). This calls for the teachers to have SEL competencies. The present study evaluates teachers’ and their students’ readiness for SEL during an intervention in five European countries. The participants were teachers (n = 402) in five Eu...
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Objectives: The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated health inequalities worldwide, having a disproportionately harsh impact on unprivileged populations such as migrants and refugees. These populations are often more exposed to the virus, but less protected, while at the same time being at higher risk of suffering from poor living and working conditi...
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In recent years, the school curricula in many European countries have introduced social and emotional learning (SEL). This calls for the teachers to have SEL competencies. The present study evaluates teachers' and their students' readiness for SEL during an intervention in five European countries. The participants were teachers ( n = 402) in five E...
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Up until the end of 2018, extreme right-wing parties and their anti-immigration discourse, now a common occurrence in other European countries, had not appeared on the Spanish political scene. However, in December of that year, the Spanish extreme right-wing party VOX reversed this trend and made significant electoral gains in the Andalusian region...
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The latest trends in research extend the focus of school effectiveness beyond students’ acquisition of knowledge and skills, looking at aspects such as well-being in the academic context. Although the concept of well-being itself has been defined and measured in various ways, neither its dimensions nor the relationships between the components have...
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We assessed empirical support for (a) the widely held notion that across so-called “honor, dignity, and face cultures,” internal and external components of self-esteem are differentially important for overall self-esteem; and (b) the idea that concerns for honor are related to internal and external components of self-esteem in honor cultures but no...
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Introduction The prevalence of postpartum depression (PPD) is 17%, and the incidence is 12% worldwide. Adverse consequences for mothers and babies have been associated with this disease. To assess the effectiveness of psychological, psychoeducational and psychosocial interventions in preventing PPD, a systematic review and meta-analysis (SR/MA) wil...
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Expectations held by economic migrants about improving their post-mobility life satisfaction are not always met. Therefore, there is a need to guide the design of evidence-based policies and interventions to enhance life satisfaction equity between immigrant and host populations in receiving contexts. This study aims to identify the main determinan...
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A common approach for measuring the effectiveness of an education system or a school is the estimation of the impact that school interventions have on students’ academic performance. However, the latest trends aim to extend the focus beyond students’ acquisition of knowledge and skills, and to consider aspects such as well-being in the academic con...
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Evaluation processes are a fundamental tool for training and selecting students. However, there are no empirical studies in Spain that analyse the usefulness of assessment tests to measure academic performance. This study, based on research carried out using the construct comparability approach, conducts a comparative analysis of grades achieved by...
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“Learning to Be: Development of Practices and Methodologies for Assessing Social, Emotional and Health Skills within Education Systems”, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is an experimental project that brings together education authorities, teaching practitioners and researchers from 7 European countries: Finland, Italy La...
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Il progetto “Learning to Be: Development of Practices and Methodologies for Assessing Social, Emotional and Health Skills within Education Systems”, cofinanziato dal programma Erasmus+ dell’Unione europea, è un progetto sperimentale che coinvolge differenti Istituti ed Enti di ricerca che si occupano di istruzione ed educazione appartenenti a sette...
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Critical aspects in the field of education are currently related to low levels of socioemotional competences and high rates of school dropouts. However, there are no standard practices or guidelines for helping countries to assess and train social and emotional competences. To overcome this limitation, the project Learning to be (L2B) aims to propo...
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After providing a short introduction to qualitative research in psychology in Spain, we report and interpret the results of an online survey in which 47 qualitative psychologists answered questions about their location, research topic, research group, and the strengths, limitations, and challenges of being a qualitative researcher in Spain. The par...
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The aim of the study is to illustrate a comprehensive approach to item bias in cross-cultural research by integrating quantitative and qualitative data in a mixed methods design. We studied responses and response processes of Dutch and Spanish participants to quality of life items from five international studies. Item bias was evaluated by analyzin...
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The Environmental Action Scale (EAS) analyses engagement in civic actions which seek to have an environmental impact. The EAS has shown adequate psychometric properties when used with English-speaking samples, but there are no studies assessing how it works in other linguistic and cultural groups. The aim of the study is to present the Spanish vers...
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Background: Cognitive-motor interference (CMI) has been proposed as a valid marker of daily life impairment in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The heterogeneity and scarce number of studies regarding CMI in MS has hampered the synthesis of the existing evidence. The present systematic review employed a mixed methods approach with the aim of identifying an...
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This study illustrates how the cognitive interviewing (CI) method can provide qualitative evidence of item, construct, and method bias in cross-cultural research. CI was conducted with participants from the Netherlands and Spain, who responded to quality-of-life (QoL) items included in international survey research projects. Qualitative findings in...
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This chapter presents conceptual and methodological proposals to address challenges faced when the validity of survey estimates needs to be evaluated in comparative survey research. It provides a dialogue between survey researchers and psychometricians on validity theory and recent contributions in both fields that can improve comparability in mult...
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In recent years, environmental psychology has evolved rapidly, integrating concepts and approaches from a range of different disciplines. Person-environment interaction involves so many factors that it requires solid theoretical foundations to understand the variables associated with this interaction. The present special issue offers a reflection o...
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Background: In the latest release of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, Differential Item Functioning (DIF) is considered as validity evidence based on internal structure. However, there are no indications of how to design a DIF study as a validation study. In this paper, we propose relating DIF to all sources of validity evi...
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Cross-cultural differences in Social Desirability (SD) could be partly due to the nonequivalence of constructs, items, or other challenges of cross-cultural research. We tested to what extent a Mexican, indigenous scale of SD, capturing both positive and negative features of SD, would be useful in other countries. Data were collected in convenience...
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Construct, method, and item bias are three levels of measurement bias (i.e., internal bias) essential for valid group comparisons. While many studies often focus on only one level of bias, an integrated perspective on bias is still missing, especially in longitudinal designs. The aim of this study is to address bias in an integrated manner, using f...
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Purpose: Based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), this paper presents the results of the process to develop the Comprehensive and Brief Core Sets for schizophrenia that allow to comprehensively describe functioning in persons with schizophrenia. Methods: Twenty health professionals from diverse backg...
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Item bias and Differential Item Functioning (DIF) research has been linked to the history of validity theory since it was first introduced. Forty years of research have provided a great arsenal of statistical methods, but few consolidated results on DIF causes. We argue for conducting DIF validation studies within a mixed methods research framework...
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. The aim of the paper is to illustrate a comprehensive approach to bias in an application of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) among native Spanish people and immigrants in Spain. A comprehensive evaluation of bias can detect combined effects of different types of bias and their causes. The GHQ-12, administered as part of the 2006 Spanish...
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The aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of extreme response style in cross-cultural research by integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence in a mixed methods design. In the quantitative phase, indexes of extreme response style, derived from quality of life measures from different international studies, were compared...
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The growing importance of quality of life in diverse domains, such as health, school performance and social participation, has led to the development of new conceptualisations and assessments of the construct. This diversity of perspectives brings about many benefits, but it also creates an obstacle for the formulation of a single unifying definiti...
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Analysis of differential item functioning (DIF) is often used to determine if cross-lingual assessments are equivalent across languages. However, evidence on the causes of cross-lingual DIF is still evasive. Expert appraisal is a qualitative method useful for obtaining detailed information about problematic elements in the different linguistic vers...
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There is a growing body of literature devoted to evaluating functionality when planning the psychosocial rehabilitation of patients with schizophrenia. Until recently, psychological scales have been the predominant source of information, whereas patients' perceptions about the most disruptive limitations on their daily life were not considered. The...
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The growing use of scales in survey questionnaires warrants the need to address how does polytomous differential item functioning (DIF) affect observed scale score comparisons. The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of DIF on the type I error and effect size of the independent samples t-test on the observed total scale scores. A simulat...
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Despite the numerous definitions and dimensions proposed to explain the sense of humor and the variety of instruments developed for its assessment, little attention has been paid to its affective and attitudinal basis in the models developed so far. The long form of the trait version of the State-Trait-Cheerfulness-Inventory (STCI-T; Ruch, Köhler,...
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This chapter illustrates how cognitive interviewing studies, might be combined with quantitative methodologies in order to reveal a more detailed picture of question performance that neither methodology could portray on its own. It describes the history and key components of mixed research. The chapter also describes how mixed research can inform q...
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Background: Validity evidence based on response processes was first introduced explicitly as a source of validity evidence in the latest edition of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. In this paper, we present the theory, the relationship with other sources of validity evidence, and the methods available for validation studies aim...
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La vergüenza es una de las emociones asociadas a la toma de conciencia de uno mismo. Aunque tradicionalmente la culpa ha recibido más atención por su relación con la psicopatología (especialmente relevante en el caso de la depresión), recientes estudios y meta-análisis han señalado la influencia que puede tener la vergüenza en síntomas de ansiedad...
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Objective: The aim of the current study is to develop and obtain valid evidence for a hazard perception test suitable for the Spanish driving population. To obtain valid evidence to support the use of the test, the effect of hazardous and quasi-hazardous situations on the participants' hazard prediction is analyzed and the pattern of results for d...
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Differential item functioning (DIF) can undermine the validity of cross-lingual comparisons. While a lot of efficient statistics for detecting DIF are available, few general findings have been found to explain DIF results. The objective of the article was to study DIF sources by using a mixed method design. The design involves a quantitative phase...
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The latest edition of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (APA, 1999) promotes the analysis of respondents' response processes in order to obtain evidence about the fit between the intended construct and the response process produced. The aim of this paper was twofold. First, we assess whether cognitive interviewing can be used...
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Cross-cultural scientists evaluate constructs across different cultural and linguistic groups. However, to make valid comparisons it is necessary to assure the equivalence of measurement instruments across populations. In this paper we use multidimensional scaling (MDS) to evaluate the structural equivalence of a measure of assertiveness developed...
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Household surveys often require including proxy reporters to obtain information about other household members who cannot be interviewed. The participation of proxies can undermine survey data quality due to the fact that proxies must respond to questions thinking about other people. The objectives of the present study were to analyze the behaviour...
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The analysis of differential item functioning (DIF) examines whether item responses differ according to characteristics such as language and ethnicity, when people with matching ability levels respond differently to the items. This analysis can be performed by calculating various statistics, one of the most important being the Mantel-Haenszel, whic...
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The aim of this study is to show how to analyze the quality of questions for proxy informants by means of behavior coding. Proxy questions can undermine survey data quality because of the fact that proxies respond to questions on behalf of other people. Behavior coding can improve questions by analyzing interviewer-respondent interactions. Twenty-n...

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The critical issues in the field of education are related to Europe‘s low level of socioemotional competences and high rates of early school leavers. These reasons have negative influence on the social, academic and professional lives of the young and hamper their personal fulfilment. Looking from the global perspective, these factors prevent the economic growth and social cohesion in Europe. The individuals with a balanced set of cognitive as well as social, emotional and health (SEH) skills are more likely to cope with the difficult situations in life, perform well in the labour market, and achieve personal and professional goals.(OECD. (2015), Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills, OECD Skills Studies, OECD Publishing, Paris.) Even though most National curricula frameworks has underlined the importance of SEH skills in education there has been a lack of understanding on how to assess SEH skills in a proper way and how to integrate SEH assessment methodologies into the existing education practices. With this policy measure we are proposing to widen the set of skills to be assessed and recognized in formal and non formal education settings for the variety of purposes including school and university admission, career prospects and for the implementation of other social roles. Therefore, the consortium proposes: 1) To develop a SEH assessment and recognition model that could be used as a reference tool by educators and policy developers; 2) To test a set of assessment tools and methods that will help educators to assess SEH skills and to plan further learning and teaching. The tools will facilitate the recognition of SEH skills within the education system. These tools would form basis for further development of education policies and practices in National curricula, improve the quality of SEH skills education and help foster social cohesion and fundamental values of democratic society.