Netherlands, Utrecht

Advanced course on using Mplus

when 11 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 800

If you already know how to analyze your data in Mplus, but want to learn more about what you are actually doing, or if you want to know more about complex analyses, this course is for you.

This is a five-day course on structural equation modeling (SEM) using Mplus for researchers in the social and behavioural sciences who are already experienced Mplus users. The course consists of in-depth lectures on topics such as the formulas behind SEM, calculating the number of parameters and degrees of freedom by hand; how to interpret the TECH1 output; when to worry about the default settings in Mplus; the parameterization of the model, model fit, missing data handling, power power analysis, and different estimations methods including one day on Bayesian analysis. In addition, more complex models are discussed such as multiple group CFA and (approximate) measurement invariance, advanced longitudinal models (e.g. recent development with respect to cross-lagged panel models, McArdle?s latent difference/change score models, state-trait models) and all kinds of mixture models (LGMM, LTA, pattern mixture models for missing data, Bayesian mixture modeling). Participants obtain hands-on experience with these topics and models during computer labs.

Note that we assume participants have Mplus experience, basic SEM knowledge (for example, you need to know how to run a default LGM model), and basic knowledge about Bayesian analyses (to prepare read this paper). A good preparation is our summer school course ?Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus?, or any other one week introduction course about Mplus.

After registration we will ask you to briefly describe your SEM and Mplus experience as well as your expectations from this course, in order to see whether this is the right course for you.

Course leader

Dr. Rens van de Schoot

Target group

(Master) Students or (post-graduate) researchers who already use Mplus and followed a multiple-day introduction into Mplus, for example the course ?Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling using Mplus?. You do not need to know matrix algebra, calculus, or likelihood theory. Participants from a variety of fields, including sociology, psychology, education, human development, marketing, business, biology, medicine, political science, and communication sciences, will benefit from the course.

After registration we will ask you to briefly describe your SEM and Mplus experience as well as your expectations from this course, in order to see whether this is the right course for you.

A maximum of 80 participants will be allowed in this course.

Please note: there is always a one-day delay between the registration system and the information on the website about the availability of places.

Course aim

The main objective of the course is to acquire an expert understanding of how structural equation models as applied in the social and behavioural sciences are analyzed using the Mplus.

Fee info

EUR 800: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 600: Course + course materials

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