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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

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

Natasha K. Bowen

Shenyang Guo

Oxford University Press

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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