Further Issues for Full Structural Models

Now that we've learned the basics of full structural models, we'll be taking up the following topics in the coming weeks:

Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Equivalent models

Handling single-indicator variables

Negative variances (Heywood Cases)


Equality constraints (these lecture notes also touch briefly on longitudinal models and multiple-group analyses)

Longitudinal (panel) models

Multiple-Group Modeling (see notes on equality constraints above; Kyle Gillett dissertation in links section to the right; and this article, which we'll revisit from when we learned about measurement and structural models)

Dyadic analysis in SEM (Actor-Partner Interdependence Model)

Running an AMOS model off of a published correlation/covariance matrix from the literature

Software comparison: AMOS vs. Mplus

Advanced Applications

Latent Growth Modeling (here and here)

Compared to the more piecemeal/incremental cross-lagged panel models for longitudinal analysis, latent growth models test for predictors and correlates of respondents' long-term growth trajectories (see cannon-ball analogy). Thanks to Tim and Xiaohui for photographing the board after class on May 1, 2012. Some illustrative references on latent growth modeling are:

Barnes, G. M., Reifman, A. S., Farrell, M. P., & Dintcheff, B. A. (2000). The effects of parenting on the development of adolescent alcohol misuse: A six-wave latent growth model. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 175-186.

Wampler, R. S., Munsch, J., & Adams, M. (2002). Ethnic differences in grade trajectories during the transition to junior high. Journal of School Psychology, 40, 213-237.

Partial Least Squares (Alternative to Conventional SEM for Small Samples)