Higher-Order Growth Curves and Mixture Modeling with Mplus

A Practical Guide
by Kandauda K.A.S. Wickrama, Tae Kyoung Lee, Catherine Walker O’Neal & others
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Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Series: Multivariate Applications Series

Publication Date: April 14, 2016

ISBN: 9781317283928

Binding: Kobo eBook

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This practical introduction to second-order and growth mixture models using Mplus introduces simple and complex techniques through incremental steps. The authors extend latent growth curves to second-order growth curve and mixture models and then combine the two. To maximize understanding, each model is presented with basic structural equations, figures with associated syntax that highlight what the statistics mean, Mplus applications, and an interpretation of results. Examples from a variety of disciplines demonstrate the use of the models and exercises allow readers to test their understanding of the techniques. A comprehensive introduction to confirmatory factor analysis, latent growth curve modeling, and growth mixture modeling is provided so the book can be used by readers of various skill levels. The book’s datasets are available on the web.

Highlights include:

-Illustrative examples using Mplus 7.4 include conceptual figures, Mplus program syntax, and an interpretation of results to show readers how to carry out the analyses with actual data.

-Exercises with an answer key allow readers to practice the skills they learn.

-Applications to a variety of disciplines appeal to those in the behavioral, social, political, educational, occupational, business, and health sciences.

-Data files for all the illustrative examples and exercises at www.routledge.com/9781138925151 allow readers to test their understanding of the concepts.

*-Point to Remember boxes aid in reader comprehension or provide in-depth discussions of key statistical or theoretical concepts.

Part 1 introduces basic structural equation modeling (SEM) as well as first- and second-order growth curve modeling. The book opens with the basic concepts from SEM, possible extensions of conventional growth curve models, and the data and measures used throughout the book.