Path Analysis Technique

RES 726 WEEK 8 Path Analysis Technique

Read the concepts for both Path Analysis Multiple Regression and Structural Equation Modeling techniques and complete only the Path Analysis technique exercises using SPSS.

Click on the Data Files Link under Materials.

Download the data file named Exercise and load it into SPSS.

Save the SPSS output file with your name_ExerciseOutput, eg. LeonardHuggins_ExerciseOutput.

Complete the Path Analysis exercises in Chapter 17B of the Meyers, Gamst, and Guarino (2013) text.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that includes the major elements, concepts, or components. Address the following issues:

  • Analyze and explain similarities and differences in the path analysis multiple regression model and the structural equation model.
  • Evaluate the assumptions used in path analysis and the process for inclusion of values for the variables in path analysis,
  • Analyze how the path structure evolves and the indirect and total effects of the variables in the path analysis model.
  • Replicate the major tables for the path analysis model. After each of the primary tables explain (from your own understanding) the primary results that are shown in certain table columns that lead to the interpretation of the test results. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses or limitations of the model.
  • Draw conclusions about how the path analysis approach and techniques might provide considerations for a projected dissertation study.
  • Expand conclusions about how the path analysis approach might lead to structural equation modeling.

Format your paper according to APA guidelines. Do not include Appendices in your paper.

Submit both your paper assignment and your SPSS output file to the Assignment Files tab as two separate files.