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Drs. Muthen, I'm running a latent difference score model in Mplus 7 for comparison of two measurement occasions (e.g., Time1, Time 2). Moreover, as we build the model, there will be multiple different variables for Time1/Time2 (eg., x_T1, x_T2, y_T1, y_T2, etc.) for which the variances may vary considerably. This suggests that standardization may be desirable or helpful. I have been told that if I wish to standardize the data, that standardizing both variables using their respective means and standard deviations is not acceptable as this eliminates the change in means and variances that we are trying to model. Thus, the recommended approach is to use the Time1 means and standard deviations to standardize the Time2 data. I am trying to use the DEFINE command to produce a zscore formula [(T2T1mean)/T1stddev]. However, I am not clear on the best way to run this define command, to include the mean for Time1. Any assistance you might provide is greatly appreciated. thanks in advance 


I would not standardize variables. If you have a variable with a large variance, I would divide it by a constant. 

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