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 Brondeel Ruben posted on Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:31 am

I'm trying to fit a longitudinal model with two types of incidental truncated independent variables (also measured over time).
The first is 'how long do you have a new partner' obviously depending on 'do you have a new partner'.
1. How can I fit the association of the length of a new relation with the longitudinal dependent. Do I simply enter both the dummy and the time variable in the model at once as time varying independent variables? Since one respondent can have different new partners over time, I think a survival approach might not be appropriate. Or do I need to perform a separate analysis on only those respondents with a new partner?
2. Is it possible to use multiple imputation in this case? I can assume there will be a problem with complete separation while imputing these variables.

The second truncated variable is 'current conflict with the ex-partner' depending on 'contact with the ex-partner'. It's harder for me to consider this as a left-censored variable like the one above since the reason for no contact might be very high conflict. But maybe this doesn't make a difference for the analysis method? Also for this variable, multiple imputation is needed.

Thanks in advance,
 Brondeel Ruben posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 2:56 am

For the first variables above (new partner and time since new partner) I think I should make one left-censored variable, impute the dataset and then disentangle the two variables again and analyse them together with there interaction.

For the variable 'contact' and 'conflict with the ex-partner', I'm not planning on using them in one regression anymore. But I would like to use the information of 'conflict' for the MI since it's very valuable for other variables. Is there some sort of two-stage MI available in Mplus, whereby I can impute the cases who have contact with there ex-partner first using the information on conflict and then those without contact with the ex-partner disregarding the information on conflict?

 Linda K. Muthen posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 10:01 am
You can impute data using variable not included in the analysis in addition to the analysis. This is done in one stage.
 Brondeel Ruben posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 10:26 am

I am aware of this. But I wasn't sure it's reasonable to do it in this case. Am I right that the individuals for which the variable is not applicable will also get imputed values on all other variables partly based on this variable?
For these cases I would be imputing values partly based on associations - between the other variables and this variable - that can not exist.
Can I disregard this as long as I'm not using this variable in an analysis?

 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 6:22 pm
Similar questions were posed on SEMNET during the last week (post by Cam McIntosh). One suggestion is to use two-part modeling. See our Topic 4 handout.
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