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ERIC Number: EJ870693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1070-5511
Level-Specific Evaluation of Model Fit in Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling
Ryu, Ehri; West, Stephen G.
Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v16 n4 p583-601 2009
In multilevel structural equation modeling, the "standard" approach to evaluating the goodness of model fit has a potential limitation in detecting the lack of fit at the higher level. Level-specific model fit evaluation can address this limitation and is more informative in locating the source of lack of model fit. We proposed level-specific test statistics for the test of overall model fit, comparative fit index, and root mean squared error of approximation using partially saturated models, and we also considered another level-specific approach proposed by Yuan and Bentler (2007). A simulation study showed that the standard approach failed to detect the lack of fit at the group level. The fit indexes produced by the level-specific approaches both successfully detected the lack of model fit at each level. There were only minor differences in the performance of the 2 level-specific approaches. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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