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 John G. Orme posted on Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 3:11 pm
Iím interested in whether there are different subtypes of married couples in terms of variables such as self-reported marital satisfaction, marital discord, etc. (e.g., some couples are in agreement, others arenít) . Iíve tried LCA using the husband and wife self-reports as separate indicators (Perhaps allow residual covariances, as needed?). I realize that individuals are nested within dyads and therefore a multilevel LCA may be more appropriate (Iíve read Henry & Muthťn, 2010, and Chapter 10 in the Mplus Userís Guide). However, given that n = 2 for each cluster MLCA seems problematic. I would appreciate any advice you could give me with this!

Many Thanks,
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 4:49 pm
You do not have to use multilevel modeling in your cases. The clustering due to couple is taken into account because you have a multivariate model with different variables for both members of the couples.
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