chapter 8

Testing the Equivalenceof Latent Factor Means

Analysis of Mean and Covariance Structures

The multigroup application to be illustrated in this chapter differs from that of Chapter 7 in two major respects. First, analyses are based on mean and covariance structures (MACS), rather than on only covariance structures (COVS). Second, whereas the sample data are complete for one group, they are incomplete for the other. Prior to walking you through procedures related to this chapter's application, I present a brief review of the basic concepts associated with analyses of MACS, followed by the Mplus approach to analysis of missing data procedures.

Despite Sörbom's (1974) introduction of the MACS strategy in testing for latent mean differences ...

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