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Discovering Structural Equation Modeling Using Stata


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Introduction to confirmatory factor analysis
The "do not even think about it" approach
The principal component factor analysis approach
Alpha reliability for our nine-item scale
Generating a factor score rather than a mean or summative score
What can CFA add?
Fitting a CFA model
Interpreting and presenting CFA results
Assessing goodness of fit
A two-factor model
Extensions and what is next
Using the SEM Builder to run a CFA

Using structural equation modeling for path models
Path model terminology
A substantive example of a path model
Estimating a model with correlated residuals
Auxiliary variables
Testing equality of coefficients
A cross-lagged panel design
Nonrecursive models
Using the SEM Builder to run path models

Structural equation modeling
The classic example of a structural equation model
Equality constraints
Programming constraints
Structural model with formative indicators

Latent growth curves
Discovering growth curves
A simple growth curve model
Identifying a growth curve model
An example of a linear latent growth curve
How can we add time-invariant covariates to our model?
Explaining the random effects-time-varying covariates
Constraining variances of error terms to be equal (optional)

Group comparisons
Interaction as a traditional approach to multiple-group comparisons
The range of applications of Stata's multiple-group comparisons with sem
A measurement model application
Multiple-group path analysis
Multiple-group comparisons of structural equation models

Epilogue-what now?
What is next?

The graphical user interface
Menus for Windows, Unix, and Mac
Designing a structural equation model
Drawing an SEM model
Fitting a structural equation model
Postestimation commands
Clearing preferences and restoring the defaults

B Entering data from summary statistics

About the Author

Alan C. Acock is a sociologist and a University Distinguished Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at Oregon State University. He was also recognized as the Alumni Distinguished Professor based on his work with students. He has published more than 130 articles in leading journals across the social and behavioral sciences, including Structural Equation Modeling, Psychological Bulletin, Multivariate Behavioral Research, Journal of Gerontology, Journal of Adolescence, American Journal of Public Health, American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of Politics, Prevention Science, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He also authored the text A Gentle Introduction to Stata.

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