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 Emily Read posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 7:19 am
Hi there,

I am a PhD student with a couple of questions about indirect effects.

1. Why would a total indirect effect be significant if none of the specific indirect effects are significant? Would it make sense that the indirect effect of variable x on variable y is through the sum of all the mediation paths?

2. For standardized indirect effects, why would smaller specific indirect effects be significant while larger one are not? This doesn’t seem logical.
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 8:59 am
These are questions more appropriate for a general discussion forum like SEMNET.
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