Latent Growth Models

Grace I. L. Caskie

in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736300
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Latent Growth Models

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Latent growth models represent a sophisticated, quantitative methodology for the study of development and learning. This chapter presents a conceptual overview of growth models in general as well as a review of the conceptualization of the multilevel modeling approach within a latent-variable framework. Specific descriptions and examples are given of three different kinds of latent growth models—models for a single variable measured over time, models for a single construct measured by multiple variables over time (i.e., second-order latent growth models), and models for simultaneously analyzing multiple domains measured over time. Important issues to consider when conducting a latent growth model analysis are also discussed.

Keywords: latent growth models; multilevel models; cross-sectional studies; longitudinal studies; reliability; validity

Article.  13237 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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