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... The perceived unreliability of the difference score has also been associated with unrealistic assumptions of the classical test theory formula (Chiou & Spreng, 1996). According to Chiou and Spreng, measurement error can promote the reliability of the post-test score relative to the pre-test score, producing a condition in which the equal variance assumption is not met. ...
... Thus, the difference score is influenced differently by reliability and stability than the ANCOVA and residual change score methods. The stability of the measure is higher when the variance of the individual true change score is smaller; if the variance is kept small, the reliability of the difference score will also be very small (Chiou & Spreng, 1996). Petscher and Schatschneider (2011), following Rogosa (1995), used the variances between the pre-test and post-test scores to determine the functional form of change over time, but Kisbu-Sakarya et al. (2013) argued that this is an inaccurate measure and it instead should be a function of the pre-test and post-test correlation. ...
... However, it is important to recall that the correlation between the pre-test and post-test scores depends on the reliability of these scores (Chiou & Spreng, 1996;Zimmerman et al. 1993). It is also important to highlight that lower pre-test post-test correlations can reduce the power of the difference score method (Zhang et al., 2014). ...
... Equations (5) and (6) demonstrate that the correlation between the components seems to be a nuisance affecting the reliability of difference scores. Many studies (e.g., Chiou and Spreng, 1996;Edwards, 2001Edwards, , 2002 have revealed that, when component measurements are positively correlated, difference scores are less reliable than either component. However, if the correlation between the components is negative, the reliability of the difference score improves compared that of the components (Tisak and Smith, 1994). ...
... Burt and Obradović (2013), however, argued that criticisms of difference scores almost always have focused on situations in which the components themselves have equal numbers of both variances and reliabilities, which place an upper limit on the reliability of difference scores. Chiou and Spreng (1996) also found that the unequal standard deviations of the components can significantly improve the reliability of the difference score, especially when the correlation between the components is high (Peter et al., 1993). Moreover, some studies (Burt and Obradović, 2013;Rogosa et al., 1982;Rogosa and Willett, 1983;Tisak and Smith, 1994) have even defended the use of difference scores, particularly when the individual difference in true change is appreciable. ...
... (3) through (6), have clearly demonstrated, and some scholars (e.g., Chiou and Spreng, 1996;Edwards, 2001Edwards, , 2002Tisak and Smith, 1994) have also found, the relationships between the reliability of the difference score and the reliabilities and correlations of the two component variables, so two hypotheses were asserted. ...
... Hence, poor reliability of interference scores is not uncommon and has also been described for other interference tasks (Paap et al. 2020). More importantly, poor reliability of a difference score should not affect significance testing, but rather the magnitude of the effect size in the repeated measures ANOVAs used for further analyses (Chiou and Spreng 1996;Thomas and Zumbo 2012). Basic mathematical assumptions of the ANOVA are not violated by poor reliability of a difference score. ...
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