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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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General Structural Equation Models

General Structural Equation Models

(p.109) 5 General Structural Equation Models
Structural Equation Modeling

Natasha K. Bowen

Shenyang Guo

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how social workers use general structural equation models (general SEMs) and explains how to specify and test them. General SEMs include the measurement model of latent variables and their indicators, as well as the structural model of directional relationships among latent variables. A measurement model becomes a general SEM when some or all of the correlational relationships among latent variables in the measurement model are respecified as directional relationships based on the researcher's substantive knowledge of the topic (i.e., theory and past research).

Keywords:   structural equation modeling, SEM, social work research, directional relationships

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