I am trying to calculate indirect effects in structural equation modeling with continuous factor indicators and an interaction between two latent variables.
The model is roughly: f1 by y1-y9; f2 by y10-y19; f3 by y20-y29; f3 on f1 f2; f1xf2 | f1 xwith x2; f3 on f1xf2;
The model indirect command is not available on analysis type = random/ algorithm = integration.
My general understanding from sorting through the discussion boards is that indirect paths for this type of model cannot be estimated using Mplus, but that it might be possible to calculate the indirect effects by hand using information from the output. Is that correct? If so, if you know of any references for these calculations, I would be very appreciative. Thank you in advance.
I would take the same approach as for observed variable mediation with an interaction. See our UG ex 3.18. The interaction implies moderation in line with regular moderated mediation modeling.
To make the interpretation easier, set the metric of f1 and f2 by fixing their variances at one instead of the first loading so you get those factors in standardized metric (mean zero, var zero). Pick one of them as the moderator based on substantive interest. You then get the moderated mediation plot using the Model Constraint setup. As a first step, you may want to run UG ex3.18 using the data and setup on our website to see what it looks like.
I am also wondering if I can do a model indirect (or check for significant mediation) with latent variable interactions (xwith), given that type=RANDOM for such an interaction, which is not allowed. I found this on the MPlus forum, but am not sure how to carry this out.
"In this case you replace Model Indirect with Model Constraint where you define your indirect effect using labels given to your slope parameters in the Model command."
Any guidance/sample syntax would be greatly appreciated. Thank you