A Model-Based Method for Detecting Persistent Cultural Change Using Panel Data.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Recent work argues that changes in people's responses to the same question over time should be thought of as reflecting a fixed baseline subject to temporary local influences, rather than durable changes in response to new information. Distinguishing between these two individual-level process-a settled dispositions model and an active updating model-is important because these individual-level processes underlie different theories of population-level social change. This article introduces an alternative method for adjudicating between these two models based on structural equation modeling. This model provides a close fit to the theoretical models outlined in previous work. Applying this method to more than 500 questions in the General Social Survey's three-wave panels, we find even stronger evidence than previous work that most survey responses reflect settled dispositions developed prior to adulthood.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vaisey, S; Kiley, K

Published Date

  • January 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 /

Start / End Page

  • 83 - 95

PubMed ID

  • 34977277

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8715548

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2330-6696

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2330-6696

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.15195/v8.a5


  • eng