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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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Become a Skillful and Critical Researcher

Become a Skillful and Critical Researcher

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(p.187) 8 Become a Skillful and Critical Researcher
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Structural Equation Modeling
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Natasha K. Bowen

Shenyang Guo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367621.003.0008

This chapter distills elements of the best practices highlighted in previous chapters and provides concluding remarks about how to become a skillful and critical researcher with structural equation modeling. Among these are that a sound SEM analysis should be guided by a theoretical model, and any subjective decision made by a user should have theoretical justification and rationale; when facing multiple choices in modeling, other things being equal, the user should choose the model that is most parsimonious; and the user should conduct sensitivity analyses to check violations of assumptions embedded in a model.

Keywords:   structural equation modeling, SEM, social work research, subjective decision

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