An Overview of Structural Equation Models The workshop provides an overview of Structural Equation Models (SEMs). Sometimes called "LISREL," this general statistical model includes ANOVA, multiple regression, path analysis, factor analysis, and many other procedures as special cases. A distinguishing feature of the model is that it allows multiple indicators of latent variables (concepts) and it can estimate relationships that take account of measurement error.

The seminar will examine the major subtypes of the model and the primary steps in applying it. We will discuss examples of programs and outputs from one or more of the major SEM packages. Participants should have a good background in multiple regression and should have some familiarity with matrix notation.