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Structural Equation Models and the Quantification of Behavior

Citation

Bollen, Kenneth A. & Noble, Mark D. (2011). Structural Equation Models and the Quantification of Behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(Suppl. 3), 15639-15646. PMCID: PMC3176611

Abstract

Quantifying behavior often involves using variables that contain measurement errors and formulating multiequations to capture the relationship among a set of variables. Structural equation models (SEMs) refer to modeling techniques popular in the social and behavioral sciences that are equipped to handle multiequation models, multiple measures of concepts, and measurement error. This work provides an overview of latent variable SEMs. We present the equations for SEMs and the steps in modeling, and we provide three illustrations of SEMs. We suggest that the general nature of the model is capable of handling a variety of problems in the quantification of behavior, where the researcher has sufficient knowledge to formulate hypotheses.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1010661108

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2011

Journal Title

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Author(s)

Bollen, Kenneth A.
Noble, Mark D.

PMCID

PMC3176611