Featuring examples from EQS, LISREL, and Mplus, A First Course in Structural Equation Modeling is an excellent beginner’s guide to learning how to set up input files to fit the most commonly used types of structural equation models with these programs. The basic ideas and methods for conducting SEM are independent of any particular software.
Highlights of the Second Edition include:
• Review of latent change (growth) analysis models at an introductory level
• Coverage of the popular Mplus program
• Updated examples of LISREL and EQS
• A CD that contains all of the text’s LISREL, EQS, and Mplus examples.
A First Course in Structural Equation Modeling is intended as an introductory book for students and researchers in psychology, education, business, medicine, and other applied social, behavioral, and health sciences with limited or no previous exposure to SEM. A prerequisite of basic statistics through regression analysis is recommended. The book frequently draws parallels between SEM and regression, making this prior knowledge helpful.
Thoroughly updated throughout, the new edition features:
All new screen shots featuring Amos Version 23.
Descriptions and illustrations of Amos’ new Tables View format which enables the specification of a structural model in spreadsheet form.
Key concepts and/or techniques that introduce each chapter.
Alternative approaches to model analyses when enabled by Amos thereby allowing users to determine the method best suited to their data.
Provides analysis of the same model based on continuous and categorical data (Ch. 5) thereby enabling readers to observe two ways of specifying and testing the same model as well as compare results.
All applications based on the Amos graphical mode interface accompanied by more "how to" coverage of graphical techniques unique to Amos.
More explanation of key procedures and analyses that address questions posed by readers
All application data files are available at www.routledge.com/9781138797031.
The two introductory chapters in Section 1 review the fundamental concepts of SEM methodology and a general overview of the Amos program. Section 2 provides single-group analyses applications including two first-order confirmatory factor analytic (CFA) models, one second-order CFA model, and one full latent variable model. Section 3 presents multiple-group analyses applications with two rooted in the analysis of covariance structures and one in the analysis of mean and covariance structures. Two models that are increasingly popular with SEM practitioners, construct validity and testing change over time using the latent growth curve, are presented in Section 4. The book concludes with a review of the use of bootstrapping to address non-normal data and a review of missing (or incomplete) data in Section 5.
An ideal supplement for graduate level courses in psychology, education, business, and social and health sciences that cover the fundamentals of SEM with a focus on Amos, this practical text continues to be a favorite of both researchers and practitioners. A prerequisite of basic statistics through regression analysis is recommended but no exposure to either SEM or Amos is required.