Control of Type I Errors with Multiple Tests of Constraints in Structural Equation Modeling.


Journal Article

Two contrasting views toward the evaluation of multiple tests of constraints and control of Type 1 errors in structural equation modeling are presented. (a) Exploring; data helps researchers make decisions about inclusion of relevant model parameters and control of Type 1 errors hinders this process. (b) Exploring data is not likely to yield meaningful models unless we can limit the process on the basis of methods and theory, and controlling Type I errors is a useful device: to force us to limit our searches. Also, in evaluating multiple tests of constraints for applications other than exploratory analyses, we should control for Type I errors as we do in testing multiple comparisons in analysis of variance. We argue for the second perspective and present examples to illustrate methods for controlling Type 1 errors when making model comparisons.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Green, SB; Babyak, MA

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 39 - 51

PubMed ID

  • 26751105

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26751105

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-3171

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1207/s15327906mbr3201_2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States