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 Katrien Vangrieken posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 1:05 am
I am doing two-level CFA and have difficulties interpreting some results. I first performed a conventional CFA, which delivered an appropriate fit. Next, I did a CFA on the within covariance matrix, also showing a good fit (RMSEA= 0.079; CFI= 0.986; TLI= 0.980; SRMR= 0.022). However, the CFA on the between covariance matrix (using the same factor compositions) showed a bad fit (RMSEA= 0.523; CFI= 0.807; TLI= 0.723; SRMR= 0.014). Yet, when doing the actual multilevel CFA (same factors on between and within level), a good fit was found (RMSEA= 0.052; CFI= 0.988; TLI= 0.983; SRMR value for within= 0.023; SRMR value for between= 0.016).
Do you have any idea on how to interpret and handle the bad fit of the CFA on the between covariance matrix?

Thank you!
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 2:53 pm
Please send the output from the between matrix and the output from the multilevel analysis along with your license number to
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