Title

Advances in Statistical Analytical Strategies for Causal Inferences in the Social and Behavioural Sciences

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

This article shows how recent advances in statistical analytical strategies could be applied to correlational or observational data collected from non-experimental designs in order to provide convergent validity for causal inferences regarding "change" in two broad contexts. The first context refers to modeling causal relationships between constructs, specifically on relationships that go beyond the "bivariate prediction paradigm". In this context, mediation analyses, interaction analyses, combination of interactions and mediations, and structural equation modeling were discussed. The second context refers to modeling the causes of changes over time. In this context, fundamental questions on changes over time were explicated, limitations of traditional techniques for analyzing changes over time were illustrated, and latent variable approaches to modeling changes over time were discussed.

Keywords

Causal inference, mediation, interaction, structural equation modelling, latent variable modelling

Discipline

Quantitative Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Information Knowledge Systems Management

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

261

Last Page

278

ISSN

1389-1995

Identifier

10.3233/IKS-2012-0196

Publisher

IOS Press

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/IKS-2012-0196

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