Structural Equation Modeling

Paperback | October 17, 2011

byNatasha K. Bowen, Shenyang Guo

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Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) has long been used in social work research, but the writing on the topic is typically fragmented and highly technical. This pocket guide fills a major gap in the literature by providing social work researchers and doctoral students with an accessiblesynthesis. The authors demonstrate two SEM programs with distinct user interfaces and capabilities (Amos and Mplus) with enough specificity that readers can conduct their own analyses without consulting additional resources. Examples from social work literature highlight best practices for thespecification, estimation, interpretation, and modification of structural equation models. Unlike most sources on SEM, this book provides clear guidelines on how to evaluate SEM output and how to proceed when model fit is not acceptable.Oftentimes, confirmatory factor analysis and general structure modeling are the most flexible, powerful, and appropriate choices for social work data. Richly illustrated with figures, equations, matrices, and tables, this pocket guide empowers social workers with a set of defensible analysisstrategies that allows for competent, confident use of SEM.

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Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) has long been used in social work research, but the writing on the topic is typically fragmented and highly technical. This pocket guide fills a major gap in the literature by providing social work researchers and doctoral students with an accessiblesynthesis. The authors demonstrate two SEM programs ...

Natasha K. Bowen, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shenyang Guo, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.39 inPublished:October 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195367626

ISBN - 13:9780195367621

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