Latent growth curve modeling (LGM) is an indispensable and increasingly ubiquitous approach for modeling longitudinal data. This book introduces LGMtechniques to researchers, provides easy-to-follow, didactic examples of several common growth modeling approaches and highlights recent advancements regarding the treatment of missing data, parameter estimation, and model fit.

Applying LGM to Empirical Data

Data

In the following, we demonstrate how to use growth curve models in practice. For this demonstration, we use data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2006). Quantification ...

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