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 Anonymous posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 3:30 pm
We are presently planning a family study where we would like to use multi-level SEM to examine potential influences on the psychosocial adjustment of children (level 1) nested within family systems (level 2). In the current or upcoming versions of Mplus, is there a way to estimate nonrecursive models? We have not seen this issue mentioned in any of the references we have collected on multi-level SEM. Thank you in advance for whatever help you can provide. Sorry, I mistakenly posted this under the discussion on power.
 Utkun Ozdil posted on Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 2:50 am
I'm a licensed Mplus user and in my study tested a non-recursive model with:

X -> Y -> Z -> X

I obtained a full circle (cyclic relationships) with path coefficients greater than .60. However, a reviewer commented that cyclic relationships are problematic. Although I made an extensive search, I couldn't find out what he/she means. I know that we typically use recursive models but why one should not use nonrecursive ones?

I'd appreciate if you throw some light to get the point?

 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 2:48 pm
Good question for SEMNET.
 Utkun Aydin posted on Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 11:17 pm
Thanks Bengt,, I'm heading through!...
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