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ERIC Number: ED438314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-29
Pages: 29
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A Review of Analytic Methods for Detecting Mediating and Moderator Effects.
Neu, Todd W.
An important but too infrequently considered methodology that can be used in research involves testing for moderator and mediator variable effects. This paper distinguishes between the properties of moderator and mediator variables. The moderator functions to partition a main independent variable into subgroups that establish its domains of maximal effectiveness in regard to a given dependent variable. The mediator functions to represent the generative mechanism through which the main independent variable is able to influence the dependent variable of interest. Careful elaboration regarding the many ways in which moderators and mediators differ can make researchers and theorists aware of the importance of not using the terms interchangeably. A review of the analytic methods used for detecting mediating and moderator effects provides conceptual and statistical considerations for evaluating these effects. (Contains 31 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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