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New Guidelines for Obtaining Optimal Scale Scores

December 4, 2016

By far one of the most challenging aspects of any empirical research application is how to best obtain valid and reliable scale scores of the theoretical constructs under study. The field of psychometrics has given rise to a myriad of methods for designing assessments, evaluating dimensionality, and estimating person-specific scores for subsequent analysis. The traditional…

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Introduction to Growth Curve Modeling

April 19, 2016

We are pleased to make available a number of materials related to a workshop titled Introduction to Growth Curve Modeling: An Overview and Recommendations for Practice that Curran-Bauer Analytics conducted at the biennial convention of the Society for Research on Adolescence on April 3rd, 2016. We have posted a copy of the slides from the…

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Care Needed When Using Latent Basis Functions of Change

March 15, 2016

A common challenge when modeling repeated measures data is finding the linear or nonlinear shape that best characterizes the observed pattern of change over time. The SEM-based latent curve model offers several options for modeling nonlinearity, and a particularly flexible method is to freely estimate a subset of factor loadings to define a “latent basis…

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