Structural Equation Modeling with LISREL: A First Course
Dates: Not scheduled for
2011.
Instructors: Gregory
Hancock (Ralph O.
Mueller had to withdraw in August 2010 due to a conflict.)
This first course serves as an introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM) and, thus, is primarily intended for new users of LISREL. Building on participants' familiarity with multiple linear regression, the presenters will establish the purpose, language, and flexibility of SEM and the LISREL software. Measured variable path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis (and related topics such as construct validity/reliability), and latent variable path analysis will be sequentially introduced. The workshop will also include discussions on multigroup analyses and practical guidelines on how to present SEM results in substantive manuscripts. Throughout, participants will become familiar with the SIMPLIS command language of the LISREL software through annotated examples and handson exercises.
Each participant will receive the latest LISREL for Windows student CD and presentation handouts. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer to complete the handson exercises. The only prerequisite for participation is a working knowledge of multiple linear regression and an interest to explore SEM with LISREL as a multifaceted, flexible tool for the testing of a priori theories hypothesized to underlie correlational data.

Day 1 
9:00  10:30 
Introduction and Overview: Background, terminology and notation, general description of SEM, statistical reminders 
10:30
 10:50 
Break
refreshments provided 
10:50
 12:20 
Measured Variable Path Analysis (MVPA) I: Standardized MVPA 
12:20
 1:40 
Buffet
luncheon 
1:40  3:10 
Measured Variable Path Analysis II: Unstandardized MVPA 
3:10  3:30 
Break
refreshments provided 
3:30  5:00 
Measured Variable Path Analysis III: Model identification, parameter estimation, datamodel fit assessment, model comparisons) 
Day 2 
9:00
 10:30 
Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA): Incorporating latent variables, parameter estimation, datamodel fit 
10:30
 10:50 
Break
refreshments provided 
10:50
 12:20 
Construct Validity and Reliability: Maximal reliability, multitraitmultimethod analysis 
12:20
 1:40 
Buffet
luncheon 
1:40  3:10 
SecondOrder Factor Models 
3:10  3:30 
Break
refreshments provided 
3:30  5:00 
Latent Variable Path Analysis (LVPA): Structural relations among latent variables, model respecifications, twophase SEM process 
Day 3 
9:00  10:30 
MultiGroup Analyses: Comparing groups on MVPA, CFA, and LVPA models 
10:30
 10:50 
Break
refreshments provided 
10:50
 12:20 
Reality Check
Getting practical: Communicating SEM results 
12:20
 1:40 
Buffet
luncheon 
1:40  3:00 
SEM with ordinal variables (SSI Staff) 
3:00  3:15 
Break
refreshments provided 
3:15  4:30 
SEM with ordinal variables (SSI staff) 
