Analysing Longitudinal Data: Using Latent Variable Models to Assess Change


12/09/2019 - 13/09/2019

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Ulster University


Professor Gary Adamson


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)



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Ulster University
Cromore Road


Synopsis of the course

The analysis of change is central to much psy­chological and social research. Latent Growth Models (LGM) are an important class of models for the assessment of change. In essence these describe individuals’ behaviour in terms of an initial starting point (intercept) and their subsequent devel­opmental trajectories (slope). The technique also allows for the introduction of predictors (covariates) of change. These predictors can be both time-invariant and time-varying and the model can be extended to incorporate other ad­vantages of latent variable framework, e.g., the ability to handle missing data, to introduce both direct and indirect effects and correction for measurement error.

In the context of longitudinal data, latent variable modelling facilitates robust estimation of direct and indirect effects, together with controlling for, and assessing the impact of, moderating and mediating variables. This session will introduce some of the recent developments in the area. Furthermore, applications of the Cross-lagged panel model will be explored and extended to include mixture distributions.

Growth mixture models (GMMs) will be introduced. These models enable the researcher to explore longitudinal data for the presence of unobserved or latent subgroups.  In GMMs the assumption of a single homogenous population with a single growth trajectory is relaxed. Instead, a latent categorical variable is introduced with the intention of capturing latent subpopulations in the longitudinal data. These subpopulations are not directly observed, but are inferred from the patterns of responses in the data. In sum, the GMM facilitates the exploration of longitudinal data for unobserved subgroups and estimates latent growth parameters for each of the subgroups.

Further information

This workshop will use the Mplus programme.  It is expected that participants will have some knowledge and understanding of Structural Equation Modelling.  This two day course will be held on Coleraine Campus, Ulster University.


Fees (includes lunch and refreshments)

£300 (Full Fee)
£200 (Concessionary Fee for Unwaged/Students/Charitable Sector Workers - evidence will be required)
£255(Full Fee booking with more than one course)
£170 (Concessionary Charge with more than one course)

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