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ERIC Number: ED166219
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Path Analysis: A Brief Introduction.
Carducci, Bernardo J.
Path analysis is presented as a technique that can be used to test on a priori model based on a theoretical conceptualization involving a network of selected variables. This being an introductory source, no previous knowledge of path analysis is assumed, although some understanding of the fundamentals of multiple regression analysis might be helpful. Included is a summary of some of the basic procedures involved in performing a path analysis, as well as a discussion of path diagrams, path coefficients, and model testing with path analysis. Additional references, with annotations, to more advanced and detailed discussions of path analysis are also included. The procedure of path analysis is summarized as follows: (1) formulate a theoretical conceptualization of the causal structure for the relevant variables, and construct a path diagram representing your theoretical causal structure; (2) calculate the path coefficients using regression analysis; (3) decompose the bivariate relationship into direct and indirect causal components; (4) delete those paths from the model that were found to be nonsignificant, and reconstruct the original correlation matrix from the modified path model; (5) note the discrepancies between the original and the reconstructed correlation coefficients, and retain or reject the proposed model based on the nature and the number of these discrepancies. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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