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ERIC Number: EJ815005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-0027-3171
Observations on the Use of Growth Mixture Models in Psychological Research
Bauer, Daniel J.
Multivariate Behavioral Research, v42 n4 p757-786 Dec 2007
Psychologists are applying growth mixture models at an increasing rate. This article argues that most of these applications are unlikely to reproduce the underlying taxonic structure of the population. At a more fundamental level, in many cases there is probably no taxonic structure to be found. Latent growth classes then categorically approximate the true continuum of individual differences in change. This approximation, although in some cases potentially useful, can also be problematic. The utility of growth mixture models for psychological science thus remains in doubt. Some ways in which these models might be more profitably used are suggested. (Contains 5 figures, 1 table and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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