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 Michela Milioni posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:18 am
Dear Mr and Mrs Muthen,
I wanted to ask a technical advice.
When do you do a multigroup analysis, is it wrong to use a dichotomous variable as outcome?
Let me explain better: in a model I wanted to consider as outcome variable the use of substances, but I don't have variables that referred to this in my data.
However, I have two groups (experimental, subjects who used substances and control group, subjects who don't use substances). So, I created a new dichotomous variable where 0 = no use of substances and 1 = use of substance.
Is it right to use this variable for analysis in a structural equation model?

Thanks for availability.
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 9:37 am
You could turn this into a variable to use in a single-group analysis. Remember you are predicting who is in the treatment group and who is in the control group.
 Michela Milioni posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 2:10 am
Do you know any article that uses this procedure?
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:01 am
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