Structural Equations for Latent Curve Modeling



Latent curve modeling is one of the Structural Equation Modeling methods that allow analyzing temporal processes when temporal sections are available in small number. The use of these models is quite important in social and psychological research. They make possible description of dynamical development process of the only characteristic or several ones in a complex, as well as changes determination, by some characteristics which are invariant in the process. The first part of the article deals with different cases and types of models. In the second part these models are used to analyze social)psychological longitudinal study data of adolescence and youth drug use conducted in Los Angeles.

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Keywords: structural modeling, latent changes, longitude research

Journal rubric: Research Methods

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Mitina O.V., Barabanschikov V.A. Structural Equations for Latent Curve Modeling. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2008. Vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 131–148. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Olga V. Mitina, PhD in Psychology, Leading Researcher of the Laboratory of Communication Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Vladimir A. Barabanschikov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Director, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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