This comprehensive Second Edition offers readers a complete guide to carrying out research projects involving structural equation modeling (SEM). Updated to include extensive analysis of AMOS' graphical interface, a new chapter on latent curve models and detailed explanations of the structural equation modeling process, this Second Edition is the ideal guide for those new to the field. The book includes: •Learning objectives, key concepts and questions for further discussion in each chapter •Helpful diagrams and screenshots to expand on concepts covered in the texts •Real life examples from a variety of disciplines to show hoe SEM is applied in real research contexts •Exercises for each chapter on an accompanying companion website •A new glossary at the end of book Assuming no previous experience of the subject, and a minimum of mathematical knowledge, this is the ideal guide for those new to SEM and an invaluable companion for students taking introductory SEM courses in any discipline.

The General Model

In this chapter the structural model (Chapter 5) and the measurement model (Chapter 6) are brought together to form the general structural equation model.

This model is introduced by way of Example 4.1, which is modified by letting the structural variables be latent instead of manifest. After this simple example has demonstrated the advantages of basing your analyses on latent variable models, we move on to a larger example.

In this example you will learn the two-step strategy: separate analyses of the measurement and structural models. Among other things, you will also learn how to analyze indirect effects, i.e. effects that are mediated by other variables.

Next you will look at a time series model, which has one real advantage compared with cross-section models: ...

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