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Intermediate Topics on Structural Equation Modeling using IBM Amos (v22) (0G2L3G)

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Nested Models

  • The Felson and Bornstedt Models
  • Demonstrating Nested Models

Multiple Group Comparisons

  • What is a Multiple Group Comparison?
  • Specifying the Groups for a Multi-group Analysis
  • Constraining the parameters to be equal
  • Performing the multi-group analysis
  • Demonstration - Manually testing for multi-group invariance
  • Demonstration - Performing pairwise comparisons between parameters in a multi-group analysis


  • Performing Bootstrapping in Amos
  • Using Bootstrapping to Analyze Non-Normal Data

Estimating Direct, Indirect and Total Effects

  • Calculating Total and Indirect Effects in Amos
  • Calculating Indirect Partial Effects
  • Using Simple User Defined Estimands to Calculate Indirect Effects
  • Estimating User Defined Operands with VB

Bayesian Estimation

  • Performing a Bayesian Estimation in Amos
  • Additional Estimates
  • Assessing Convergence
  • Fit Measures
  • Example: Using Bayesian Estimation to Correct for an Inadmissible Solution
  • Attempting to Fit the Model by Calculating Estimates

Analyzing Categorical Data

  • Specifying the Data File
  • Recoding the Variables to Ordered-Categorical
  • Demonstration - Performing Confirmatory Factor Analysis with Ordered-Categorical Data in Amos
  • Demonstration - Analyzing Data with Binary Outcomes in Amos

Growth Curve Modeling

  • Growth Curve Modeling in Amos
  • Drawing a Growth Curve Model in Amos
  • Demonstration - Measuring Changes in Student Vocabulary Scores Over Time

Program Editor

  • Programming in Amos
  • Running Programs from the Program Editor
  • Modifying Path Diagrams in Program Editor
  • Working with Complicated Models