## Course: Statistics for Psychosocial Research: Structural Models

# Schedule

Session | Topic | Activites |
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1 | Introduction: Structural regression |
Model specification Motivating examples Three approaches: score then analyze, analyze then summarize, LV Role of measurement error Model assumptions Path diagram |

2 | Regression analysis for items |
Generalized estimating equations (GEE)/marginal models Model specification, interpretation, and fitting |

3 | Introduction to path analysis |
Path diagram Decomposing covariances and correlations Direct, Indirect, and Total Effects Identification Estimation |

4 | Introduction to structural equations with latent variables |
Measurement models Structural models Model specification, Estimation Example: confirmatory factor analysis |

5 | Inference using structural equations with latent variables |
Parameterizing hypotheses Parameter constraints Model identification Model checking |

6 | Examples of path analysis |
Behavior genetics Status attainment Evaluation of treatment effects |

7 | Commonly applied structural models with latent variables |
MIMIC (multiple indicators and multiple causes of a single latent variable) models Group comparisons Application (example) |

8 | Advanced structural equations models I |
Longitudinal analysis Growth curves |

9 | Advanced structural equations models II | Multilevel Models |

10 | Models for dichotomous outcomes |
Dichotomous variable factor analysis Latent variable structural equations models with discrete data |

11 | Latent class regression I |
Motivating examples Model specification Assumptions |

12 | Latent class regression II |
Model selection Violations of assumptions Identifiability Model checking Example |

13 | Concluding topics |
Design, power, sample size Pros and cons of latent variable models Using observed and latent variable models in parallel Causal inference |