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ERIC Number: EJ815006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0027-3171
Quasi-Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Structural Equation Models with Multiple Interaction and Quadratic Effects
Klein, Andreas G.; Muthen, Bengt O.
Multivariate Behavioral Research, v42 n4 p647-673 Dec 2007
In this article, a nonlinear structural equation model is introduced and a quasi-maximum likelihood method for simultaneous estimation and testing of multiple nonlinear effects is developed. The focus of the new methodology lies on efficiency, robustness, and computational practicability. Monte-Carlo studies indicate that the method is highly efficient and that the likelihood ratio test of nonlinear effects is robust and outperforms alternative testing procedures. The new method is applied to empirical data of middle-aged men, where a latent interaction between physical fitness and flexibility in goal adjustment on complaint level is hypothesized. A model with 5 simultaneous nonlinear effects is analyzed, and the hypothesized interaction is quantified and tested positively against an additive model with quadratic and linear effects. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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