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 finnigan posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 4:33 pm
Linda /Bengt

I would like to ask a question about the CFA part of a multiple indicator growth model.

Does the EFA and CFA step not take into account the nested structure of the data? For example it does not appear that a multilevel factor analysis is conducted prior to fitting a growth model to hierarchically nested data. Or is the nested structure completely handled by the growth model.
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 10:14 am
When data are in the wide format, clustering due to individuals and time are automatically taken care of by multivariate modeling.
 finnigan posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 3:48 pm
Is there a reference that you know of that explains your point in more detail?

 Linda K. Muthen posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 7:00 pm
See either the Bollen and Curran growth modeling book or the Raudenbush and Bryk multilevel book where the multivariate approach is discussed.
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