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Structural Equation Modeling$
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Natasha K. Bowen and Shenyang Guo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367621.001.0001

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Preparing for an SEM Analysis

Preparing for an SEM Analysis

(p.52) 3 Preparing for an SEM Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling

Natasha K. Bowen

Shenyang Guo

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the preparatory steps for conducting an SEM analysis. SEM programs, like all data analysis software, make assumptions about the characteristics of data. They also require that data files be in a specific format. Like other programs, SEM software will often run when assumptions and recommendations are violated, but results of such analyses are subject to bias (inaccuracies and/or inefficiencies). Studies based on questionable methods are also vulnerable to criticism in the review process. Although the lines are blurry about many cutoffs and standards in SEM research, there are also many choices that are generally recommended. The chapter summarizes the major issues and then presents a short list of recommendations related to each issue. References for other sources with more extensive discussion of these and other practices are provided.

Keywords:   structural equation modeling, social work research, SEM software, data analysis

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