Adapting the USDA Food Security Survey Module for use with college students: Can we improve model fit?

Brenna Ellison, Cassandra J. Nguyen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Brian French, Meg Bruening

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Abstract

The USDA Food Security Survey Module (FSSM) is the gold standard for measuring food security; however, research suggests that college students may respond to FSSM items differently than the general population. Students may have a varied portfolio of food and financial resources (thus, complicating interpretations of “money”) to acquire food. We conducted a randomized control trial to test whether a preamble to address this issue improves model fit. Results indicated the preamble did not improve model fit, and students' responses deviated from expected patterns. More research could help understand these deviations and their implications for measuring FI on college campuses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • college students
  • food insecurity
  • measurement
  • Rasch model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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