chapter 2

Using the Mplus Program

The purpose of this chapter is to introduce you to the general format of the Mplus structural equation modeling (SEM) program so that you can more easily comprehend the applications presented and discussed in Chapters 3 through 12. More specifically, my intent is to (a) familiarize you with the Mplus language used in structuring input files, (b) identify the availability of several analytic and output options, (c) acquaint you with the language generator facility, (d) note important default settings, and (e) alert you to the provision of a graphics module designed for use in displaying observed data and analytic results.

Although Mplus provides for the specification and testing of a broad array of models based ...

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