Title

Structural Equation Modeling: Basic Concepts and Applications in Personality Assessment

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Personality Assessment

Volume

68

Issue

3

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Date

1997

First Page

508

Last Page

531

DOI

10.1207/s15327752jpa6803_4

Abstract

Structural equation modeling (SEM) has become an increasingly used methodological strategy in psychology. Nevertheless, many psychologists continue to be unclear about how to apply this analytic tool in their research. This article reviews SEM from a conceptual perspective, particularly focusing on confirmatory factor analysis. Additionally, the relation between SEM and other analytic techniques (e.g., exploratory factor analysis) are addressed. A confirmatory factor analytic example is presented and reviewed in detail. Finally, limitations of SEM and other considerations are discussed.

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