Testing for Mediation and Moderation using Mplus

Tuesday 23rd June 2020; 9.15am to 5.30pm
University of Sheffield

Who is the course aimed at?
This course is aimed at those with previous knowledge of Mplus who now wish to use the software to test models containing mediated (i.e. indirect) and/or moderated relationships between variables. As such it is an ideal follow on course for individuals or groups who have previously taken our introductory course in using Mplus for SEM, or have a basic working knowledge of the package (i.e. how to read data into the package, specify variable names, and build simple path models using the BY, ON and WITH commands and @ symbol).

Course level:
A basic knowledge of the Mplus language and the ideas behind SEM/Path Analysis will be advantageous to participants. No previous knowledge or experience with running mediation or moderation type models using Mplus software is assumed.

Course content and aims:
The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to mediated relationships - what are they and why do we need to test them?
  • Methods for testing mediated relationships
  • Testing for simple indirect effects using Mplus
  • Testing models with multiple mediators
  • Introduction to moderated relationships - what are they and why do we need to test them?
  • Testing, plotting and probing moderated relationships with categorical or continuous moderators
  • Testing moderated relationships using latent variable interactions
  • Advanced mediation models and moderated mediation
  • Testing for mediation of curvilinear effects
  • Testing moderated mediation models using MODEL CONSTRAINT: and MODEL INDIRECT: commands

    The course comprises of a couple of short lectures on the basic theory behind mediation and moderation, teaching via examples worked through by the trainer on real data sets which participants can follow, and exercises to practice the skills just learned. You will also receive an 80-page coursebook containing all the notes and worked examples, providing an easy reference for the basics of performing mediation and moderation testing in Mplus, and as a reminder for the techniques you have learned.

    Course schedule: The course will start at 9.15am, with a lunch break from 1pm-2pm, and short coffee breaks at 11.00am and 3.30pm. It will finish at around 5.15pm, though I will be willing to stay on for a while after this to answer questions pertinent to participants' own data sets.

    The teacher:
    Dr Chris Stride has been using Mplus, SPSS and R in his work as a statistician and data manager for the last 20 years. He has particular experience and expertise in teaching non-statisticians from the fields of psychology, HR, management and the social sciences. Chris is a Chartered Statistician and a member of the ASSESS (UK SPSS Users' Group) Committee; and has run over 100 public training courses around the world, as well as for the UK SPSS users group, at national and international conferences, and on an inhouse basis for Universities and the public sector.

    The venue, facilities and directions:
    The course will be held in room G39a, on the 5th floor of the Hicks Building, University of Sheffield. This room offers a light and airy teaching environment, with excellent networked computer facilities (and a fine view over Sheffield!).

    The Hicks Building is on the corner of Hounsfield Road and Western Bank, in the main University area to the west of the City Centre, around 10-15 minutes tram or bus ride from the City Station. Visit the University of Sheffield website for maps and transport links; you will also be sent detailed directions when you book on the course.

    Lunch is provided next door at the University Arms, the University of Sheffield's very own public house, which serves a variety of good quality home-cooked food. Lunch and tea/coffee/biscuits in the breaks is included in the cost of the course.

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