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(Why) Should We Use SEM? Pros and Cons of Structural Equation Modeling

  title={(Why) Should We Use SEM? Pros and Cons of Structural Equation Modeling},
  author={C. Nachtigall and Ulf Kroehne and Friedrich Funke and Rolf Steyer and Friedrich von Schiller},
During the last two decades, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) has evolved from a statistical technique for insiders to an established valuable tool for a broad scientific public. This class of analyses has much to offer, but at what price? This paper provides an overview on SEM, its underlying ideas, potential applications and current software. Furthermore, it discusses avoidable pitfalls as well as built-in drawbacks in order to lend support to researchers in deciding whether or not SEM… 

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