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Model Fit in Structural Equation Models with Censored, Ordinal, and Dichotomous Variables: Testing Vanishing Tetrads

Citation

Hipp, John R. & Bollen, Kenneth A. (2003). Model Fit in Structural Equation Models with Censored, Ordinal, and Dichotomous Variables: Testing Vanishing Tetrads. Sociological Methodology, 33(1), 267-305.

Abstract

Although the methodology for handling ordinal and dichotomous observed variables in structural equation models (SEMs) is developing rapidly, several important issues are unresolved. One of these is the optimal test statistic to apply as a test of overall model fit. We propose a new “vanishing tetrad” test statistic for such models. We build on Bollen's (1990) simultaneous test statistic for testing multiple vanishing tetrads and on Bollen and Ting's (1993) confirmatory tetrad analysis (CTA) for hypothesis testing of model structures. These and other works on vanishing tetrads assume continuous observed variables and do not consider observed categorical variables. In this paper we present a method to test models when some or all of the observed variables are collapsed or categorical versions of underlying continuous variables. The test statistic that we provide is an alternative “overall fit” statistic for SEMs with censored, ordinal, or dichotomous observed variables. Furthermore, the vanishing tetrad test sometimes permits us to compare the fit of some models that are not nested in the traditional likelihood ratio test. We illustrate the new test statistic with examples and a small simulation experiment comparing it with two other tests of model fit for SEMs with ordinal or dichotomous endogenous variables.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0081-1750.2003.00133.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Sociological Methodology

Author(s)

Hipp, John R.
Bollen, Kenneth A.

Year Published

2003

Volume Number

33

Issue Number

1

Pages

267-305

Reference ID

2086