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.
After a presentation and an overview of the contents of the whole book, this chapter goes on with an intuitive introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM) by presenting a few examples of such models.
The models are very simple, but chosen to illustrate the broad spectrum of research problems that can be analyzed by the collection of tools in the bag called SEM. This will not only acquaint you with prototypes of problems and models taken up in more depth in later chapters, but also stress the way SEM solves the problem of measuring the vague concepts you often meet in the social and behavioral sciences (intelligence, preference, social status, attitude, literacy and the like) for which no generally accepted measuring instruments exist.
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