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ERIC Number: EJ857029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1070-5511
Evaluating Intercept-Slope Interactions in Latent Growth Modeling
Sun, Ronghua; Willson, Victor L.
Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v16 n2 p226-244 2009
The effects of misspecifying intercept-covariate interactions in a 4 time-point latent growth model were the focus of this investigation. The investigation was motivated by school growth studies in which students' entry-level skills may affect their rate of growth. We studied the latent interaction of intercept and a covariate in predicting growth with respect to 3 factors: sample size (100, 200, and 500), 4 levels of magnitude of interaction effect, and 3 correlation values between intercept and covariate (0.3, 0.5, and 0.7). Correctly specified models were examined to determine power and Type I error rates, and misspecified models were examined to evaluate the effects on power, parameter estimation, bias, and fit indexes. Results showed that, under correctly specified models, power increased as expected with increasing sample size, larger magnitude of interaction, and larger intercept-covariate correlation. Under misspecification, omitting a non-null interaction results in significant change in the estimation of the direct effects of both covariate and intercept in both magnitude and direction, with results dependent on sign of parameter values for main effects and interaction. Including a spurious interaction does not affect estimation of direct effects of intercept and covariate but does increase standard errors. The primary problem in ignoring a non-null interaction lies in misinterpretation of the model, as interactions yield important insights into the nature of the processes being studied. (Contains 6 figures and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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