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 Brennan Payne posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 11:12 pm
Hello,

I was interested in conducting some exploratory analyses to identify latent classes within the context of a second order latent change score SEM. This is similar to what was done in McArdle and Prindle (2008; pg's. 714-716). However, I am having trouble producing syntax for this kind of model and haven't been able to find an example in the manual. Is there any example syntax available that might provide a helpful start in building this model?

Thanks!

McArdle, J.J. & Prindle, J.J. (2008). A latent change score analysis of a randomized clinical trial in reasoning training. Psychology and Aging, 32, 702-719.
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 1:57 pm
We don't have the syntax for that type of analysis. You might contact the first author and see if he does.
 Paraskevas Petrou posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 1:14 am
Dear Linda,

Is there maybe another discussion board that provides help for conducting Latent Change Score modeling with Mplus?
Or do you have any tips for someone who wants to do this in Mplus?

I have difficulty interpreting some of the statements (fixed parameters) in such Mplus inputs files that I have found.

Best,
Paris
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 2:57 pm
Why don't you post on SEMNET where several people use latent change score modeling in Mplus.
 Paraskevas Petrou posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:56 pm
Thank you Bengt, I will do that. In the mean time I managed to find a simplified version of an LDS input file by Selig & Preacher (2009) which I used since I'm interested in mediation too. The steps of the model testing seemed to develop fine until I entered two interaction terms (both between a regular latent and a change latent variable). I have tried to increase the STARTS several times but I always get the following error:

THE ESTIMATED COVARIANCE MATRIX COULD NOT BE INVERTED.
COMPUTATION COULD NOT BE COMPLETED IN ITERATION 1.
CHANGE YOUR MODEL AND/OR STARTING VALUES.


THE BEST LOGLIKELIHOOD VALUE HAS BEEN REPLICATED. RERUN WITH AT LEAST TWICE THE
RANDOM STARTS TO CHECK THAT THE BEST LOGLIKELIHOOD IS STILL OBTAINED AND REPLICATED.


THE MODEL ESTIMATION DID NOT TERMINATE NORMALLY DUE TO AN ERROR IN THE
COMPUTATION. CHANGE YOUR MODEL AND/OR STARTING VALUES.
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 5:24 am
Please send your input, output, data, and license number to support@statmodel.com.
 Paraskevas Petrou posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:19 am
Dear Bengt,

This is a post in relation to the Latent Change Score Model I have previously posted about (see above). I have been able to test my model eventually and everything runs fine until I enter gender as a control variable (1= man; 2=woman) to all my dependent (change score) variables. Then I receive the following error:

ERROR
Invalid symbol in data file:
"ï¿1" at record #: 1, field #: 1

I checked my data file (.dat) and everything looks ok. Controlling for age also works fine. Do you know what could be the problem?

Thank you in advance!

Best,
Paris
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 5:40 pm
Please send the input, output, data, and your license number to support@statmodel.com.
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