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 Christopher R. Beasley posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 - 3:27 pm
I have some missing data in my SPSS data set, and I want to run the model using FIML. I decided to run the Model in Mplus. The issue is that I want a total scale score to do this, so in order to replicate this in Mplus, I made a factor and set all the individual item loadings to one and the regressed the DV on my factor. In SPSS, I accounted for 15% of the variance using total scores, and in Mplus, I accounted for 75% of the variance. I had at least 85% of my observations on each variable, so this radical change seems unlikely. Is there something wrong with my logic or my syntax? Here's the syntax:

factor1 by PEFit9R@1;
factor1 by PEFit15R@1;
factor1 by PEFit24@1;
OHSAT on factor1;

 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 - 3:49 pm
You might want to use formative indicators; see the Topic 1 handout (towards the end). Fix the coeff's all at 1.

What you do allows measurement error which is not allowed for when summing them up.
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