Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling, Third Edition / Edition 3

Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling, Third Edition / Edition 3

by Rex B. Kline
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1606238779

ISBN-13: 9781606238776

Pub. Date: 08/19/2010

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Designed for researchers and students without an extensive quantitative background, this book offers an informative guide to the application, interpretation, and pitfalls of structural equation modeling (SEM) in psychology and the social sciences. This is an accessible volume which covers introductory techniques, including path analysis and confirmatory factor

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Designed for researchers and students without an extensive quantitative background, this book offers an informative guide to the application, interpretation, and pitfalls of structural equation modeling (SEM) in psychology and the social sciences. This is an accessible volume which covers introductory techniques, including path analysis and confirmatory factor analysis, and provides an overview of more advanced methods, such as the evaluation of nonlinear effects, the analysis of means in covariance structure models, and latent growth models for longitudinal data. Providing examples from various disciplines to illustrate all aspects of SEM, the author offers clear instructions on the preparation and screening of data, common mistakes to avoid, and features of widely used software programs (Amos, EQS, and LISREL). Readers will acquire the skills necessary to begin to use SEM in their own research, and to interpret and critique the use of the method by others, making this a valuable text for students of psychology, communication sciences, education, sociology, and related fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606238776
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/19/2010
Series:
Methodology In The Social Sciences Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
427
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

I. Concepts and Tools
1. Introduction
The Book's Website
Pedagogical Approach
Getting Ready to Learn about SEM
Characteristics of SEM
Widespread Enthusiasm, but with a Cautionary Tale
Family History and a Reminder about Context
Extended Latent Variable Families
Plan of the Book
Summary
2. Fundamental Concepts
Multiple Regression
Partial Correlation and Part Correlation
Other Bivariate Correlations
Logistic Regression
Statistical Tests
TOPIC BOX 2.1. The "Big Five" Misinterpretations of Statistical Significance
Bootstrapping
Summary
Recommended Readings
Exercises
3. Data Preparation
Forms of Input Data
Positive Definiteness
TOPIC BOX 3.1. Causes of Nonpositive Definiteness and Solutions
Data Screening
Selecting Good Measures and Reporting about Them
Summary
Recommended Readings
Exercises
4. Computer Tools
Ease of Use, Not Suspension of Judgment
Human-Computer Interaction
TOPIC BOX 4.1. Graphical Isn't Always Better
Core SEM Programs and Book Website Resources
Other Computer Tools
Summary
Recommended Readings
II. Core Techniques
5. Specification
Steps of SEM
Model Diagram Symbols
Specification Concepts
Path Analysis Models
CFA Models
Structural Regression Models
Exploratory SEM
Summary
Recommended Readings
Exercises
6. Identification
General Requirements
Unique Estimates
Rule for Recursive Structural Models
Rules for Nonrecursive Structural Models
Rules for Standard CFA Models
Rules for Nonstandard CFA Models
Rules for SR Models
A Healthy Perspective on Identification
Empirical Underidentification
Managing Identification Problems
Summary
Recommended Readings
Exercises
APPENDIX 6.A. Evaluation of the Rank Condition
7. Estimation
Maximum Likelihood Estimation
TOPIC BOX 7.1. Two-Stage Least Squares Estimation
Detailed Example
Brief Example with a Start Value Problem
Fitting Models to Correlation Matrices
Alternative Estimators
A Healthy Perspective on Estimation
Summary
Recommended Readings
Exercises
APPENDIX 7.A. Start Value Suggestions for Structural Models
APPENDIX 7.B. Effect Decomposition in Nonrecursive Models and the Equilibrium Assumption
8. Hypothesis Testing
Eyes on the Prize
State of Practice, State of Mind
A Healthy Perspective on Fit Statistics
Types of Fit Statistics and "Golden Rules"
Model Chi-Square
Approximate Fit Indexes
Visual Summaries of Fit
Recommended Approach to Model Fit Evaluation
Detailed Example
Testing Hierarchical Models
Comparing Nonhierarchical Models
Power Analysis
Equivalent and Near-Equivalent Models
Summary
Recommended Readings
Exercises
9. Measurement Models and Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Naming and Reification Fallacies
Estimation of CFA Models
Detailed Example
Respecification of Measurement Models
Special Topics and Tests
TOPIC BOX 9.1. Reliability of Construct Measurement
Items as Indicators and Other Methods for Analyzing Items
Estimated Factor Scores
Equivalent CFA Models
Hierarchical CFA Models
Models for Multitrait–Multimethod Data
Measurement Invariance and Multiple-Sample CFA
Summary
Recommended Readings
Exercises
APPENDIX 9.A. Start Value Suggestions for Measurement Models
APPENDIX 9.B. Constraint Interaction in Measurement Models
10. Structural Regression Models
Analyzing SR Models
Estimation of SR Models
Detailed Example
Equivalent SR Models
Single Indicators in Partially Latent SR Models
Cause Indicators and Formative Measurement
TOPIC BOX 10.1. Partial Least Squares Path Modeling
Invariance Testing of SR Models
Reporting Results of SEM Analyses
Summary
Recommended Readings
Exercises
APPENDIX 10.A. Constraint Interaction in SR Models
III. Advanced Techniques, Avoiding Mistakes
11. Mean Structures and Latent Growth Models
Logic of Mean Structures
Identification of Mean Structures
Estimation of Mean Structures
Latent Growth Models
Structured Means in Measurement Models
MIMIC Models as an Alternative to Multiple-Sample Analysis
Summary
Recommended Readings
12. Interaction Effects and Multilevel SEM
Interaction Effects of Observed Variables
Interaction Effects in Path Models
Mediation and Moderation Together
Interactive Effects of Latent Variables
Estimation with the Kenny-Judd Method
Alternative Estimation Methods
Rationale of Multilevel Analysis
Basic Multilevel Techniques
Convergence of SEM and MLM
Multilevel SEM
Summary
Recommended Readings
13. How to Fool Yourself with SEM
Tripping at the Starting Line: Specification
Improper Care and Feeding: Data
Checking Critical Judgment at the Door: Analysis and Respecification
The Garden Path: Interpretation
Summary
Recommended Readings
*Suggested Answers to Exercises

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