Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus



Organised by:

Falcon Training / Figure It Out


Dr Chris Stride


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Chris Stride

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Venue: Online


Who is the course aimed at?
This course is aimed at two distinct groups; those seeking a beginners' course in Path Analysis techniques such as Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA); and those with some previous experience of Structural Equation Modelling who wish to learn to use the powerful and elegant MPlus software, which can be employed in an incredibly wide range of model fitting scenarios.

Course level:
A basic knowledge of Exploratory Factor Analysis and the ideas behind multiple regression analysis will be extremely advantageous to participants. No previous knowledge or experience with SEM or Mplus is assumed

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

  • Introduction to Path Analysis - what is it and why do we need it?
  • Assessing the fit of a Structural Equation Model
  • Comparing competing Structural Equation Models
  • Preparing and importing data into Mplus from SPSS
  • Getting started with analysis in MPlus - the basics of the language
  • Fitting a simple Confirmatory Factor Analysis in Mplus
  • Fitting a simple Structural Equation Model in Mplus
  • Testing for indirect effects in Structural Equation Models
  • Fitting Structural Equation Models with missing data
  • Including Categorical variables in Structural Equation Models
  • Multiple group analysis

The course comprises of a mixture of short lectures on the basic theory behind Structural Equation Models, 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 a 80-page coursebook containing all the notes and worked examples, providing an easy reference for the basics of performing SEM in MPLus, and as a reminder for the techniques you have learned.

The teacher:
Dr Chris Stride has been using MPlus 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 many training courses at the University of Sheffield, for the UK SPSS users group, at national and international conferences, and on an inhouse basis for Universities and the public sector.


£250 waged / £175 students. Further discount for booking multiple courses.

Website and registration:


Greater London


Measurement Error, Variance estimation, Regression Methods, Linear regression, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Latent Variable Models, Principal components analysis, Factor analysis, Confirmatory factor analysis, Structural equation models, Quantitative Software, Mplus, SPSS, Path analysis

Related publications and presentations:

Measurement Error
Variance estimation
Regression Methods
Linear regression
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Latent Variable Models
Principal components analysis
Factor analysis
Confirmatory factor analysis
Structural equation models
Quantitative Software

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