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Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling


This course gives an introduction to longitudinal structural equation modeling: The longitudinal CFA Model, Longitudinal Panels Models, Multiple Group Models, Mediation and Moderation. Basic understanding of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and structural equation modeling (SEM) is recommended. Students are given hands-on experience by working with data, using descriptive statistics to motivate models, and using models to turn data into actionable knowledge. The course will focus on “learning by doing”. R/lavaan is the preferred software.   

Course content

  • Introduction
    • Some basic covariance algebra
    • Model fit, sample size and power
    • Measurement levels
  • Longitudinal Confirmatory factor analysis
    • Configural invariance
    • Weak invariance
    • Strong invariance
    • Multiple Group Models
  • Longitudinal Panel Models
    • Basics of a panel model
    • The Basic Simplex Change Process
    • Building of a panel model
    • Mediation and Moderation


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