Mplus code for mediation, moderation, and moderated mediation models

Model 7: 1 or more mediators, in parallel if multiple (example uses 1), 1 moderator of IV-Mediator path only

Example Variables: 1 predictor X, 1 mediator M, 1 moderator W, 1 outcome Y

Preliminary notes:

The code below assumes that

  • The primary IV (variable X) is continuous or dichotomous.
  • Any moderators (variables W, V, Q, Z) are continuous, though the only adaptation required to handle dichotomous moderators is in the MODEL CONSTRAINT: and loop plot code - an example of how to do this is given in model 1b. Handling categorical moderators with > 2 categories is demonstrated in model 1d.
  • Any mediators (variable M, or M1, M2, etc.) are continuous and satisfy the assumptions of standard multiple regression. An example of how to handle a dichotomous mediator is given in model 4c.
  • The DV (variable Y) is continuous and satisfies the assumptions of standard multiple regression - an example of how to handle a dichotomous DV is given in model 1e (i.e. a moderated logistic regression) and in model 4d (i.e. an indirect effect in a logistic regression).

 

Model Diagram:

 

Statistical Diagram:

 

Model Equation(s):

Y = b0 + b1M + c'X
M = a0 + a1X + a2W + a3XW

 

Algebra to calculate indirect and/or conditional effects by writing model as Y = a + bX:

Y = b0 + b1M + c'X
M = a0 + a1X + a2W + a3XW


Hence... substituting in equation for M

Y = b0 + b1(a0 + a1X + a2W + a3XW) + c'X


Hence... multiplying out brackets

Y = b0 + a0b1 + a1b1X + a2b1W + a3b1XW + c'X


Hence... grouping terms into form Y = a + bX

Y = (b0 + a0b1 + a2b1W) + (a1b1 + a3b1W + c')X


Hence...

One indirect effect(s) of X on Y, conditional on W:

a1b1 + a3b1W = (a1 + a3W)b1

One direct effect of X on Y:

c'

 

Mplus code for the model:

! Predictor variable - X
! Mediator variable(s) – M
! Moderator variable(s) – W
! Outcome variable - Y

USEVARIABLES = X M W Y XW;

! Create interaction terms
! Note that they have to be placed at end of USEVARIABLES subcommand above

DEFINE:
   XW = X*W;

ANALYSIS:
   TYPE = GENERAL;
   ESTIMATOR = ML;
   BOOTSTRAP = 10000;

! In model statement name each path and intercept using parentheses

MODEL:
   [Y] (b0);
   Y ON M (b1);

   Y ON X (cdash);

   [M] (a0);
   M ON X (a1);
   M ON W (a2);
   M ON XW (a3);

! Use model constraint subcommand to test conditional indirect effects
! You need to pick low, medium and high moderator values for W
! for example, of 1 SD below mean, mean, 1 SD above mean

! 1 moderator, 3 values for it
! arbitrary naming convention for conditional indirect and total effects used below:
! MED_Q = medium value of Q, etc.

MODEL CONSTRAINT:
    NEW(LOW_W MED_W HIGH_W
    IND_LOWW IND_MEDW IND_HIW
    IMM
    TOT_LOWW TOT_MEDW TOT_HIW);

    LOW_W = #LOWW;   ! replace #LOWW in the code with your chosen low value of W
    MED_W = #MEDW;   ! replace #MEDW in the code with your chosen medium value of W
    HIGH_W = #HIGHW;   ! replace #HIGHW in the code with your chosen high value of W

! Calc conditional indirect effects for each combination of moderator values
! and index/indices of moderated mediation

    IND_LOWW = a1*b1 + a3*b1*LOW_W;
    IND_MEDW = a1*b1 + a3*b1*MED_W;
    IND_HIW = a1*b1 + a3*b1*HIGH_W;

    IMM = a3*b1;

! Calc conditional total effects for each combination of moderator values

    TOT_LOWW = IND_LOWW + cdash;
    TOT_MEDW = IND_MEDW + cdash;
    TOT_HIW = IND_HIW + cdash;

! Use loop plot to plot conditional indirect effect of X on Y for each combination of low, med, high moderator values
! Could be edited to show conditional direct or conditional total effects instead
! NOTE - values of 1,5 in LOOP() statement need to be replaced by
! logical min and max limits of predictor X used in analysis

    PLOT(LOMOD MEDMOD HIMOD);

    LOOP(XVAL,1,5,0.1);

    LOMOD = IND_LOWW*XVAL;
    MEDMOD = IND_MEDW*XVAL;
    HIMOD = IND_HIW*XVAL;

PLOT:
   TYPE = plot2;

OUTPUT:
   STAND CINT(bcbootstrap);

 

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To cite this page and/or any code used, please use:
Stride C.B., Gardner S., Catley. N. & Thomas, F.(2015) 'Mplus code for the mediation, moderation, and moderated mediation model templates from Andrew Hayes' PROCESS analysis examples' , http://www.figureitout.org.uk

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