Multilevel path analysis with observed variables

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Jan 31, 2019, 11:21:18 AM1/31/19
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Hi all,
I would like to perform a multilevel path analysis with observed variables, in which I have 2 continuous variables at level 2, 1 continuous mediator at level 1 and 1 continuous DV at level 1 (as depicted).
Is it possible to conduct this analysis in multilevel Lavaan? If so, can someone help me with the syntax? I'm not sure how to specify 'level:within' and especially 'level:between'. If not, can someone recommend another package or software that can manage this kind of path analysis?


model1 <- '

level: within




Many thanks

Terrence Jorgensen

Feb 2, 2019, 5:43:22 AM2/2/19
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Your IVs can only explain Level 2 variance (i.e., differences in cluster means of the mediator), so you need to regress the mediator on them in the Level 2 model.  Your Level 1 model cannot include any Level-2 variables, but you can still model the M --> DV effect at both levels.

model1 <- '

level: within
  DV ~ M

level: between
  DV ~ M
  M ~ IV1 + IV2

Terrence D. Jorgensen
Assistant Professor, Methods and Statistics
Research Institute for Child Development and Education, the University of Amsterdam

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