Week 10

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10. (11/7) Multivariable "structural" models of development


Idea: Just as standard regression models allow prediction of a dependent variable on the basis of independent variables, structural models can allow a sequence of predictive steps from root ("exogeneous") through to highest-level variables. Although this kind of model seems to illuminate issues about factors that build up over the life course, there are strong criticisms of using such models to make claims about causes.


Cases: Kendler on pathways to depression in women; Ou's synthesis of pathways from pre-school programs to later outcomes; Structural models as causal models?


Readings: Kendler 2002, Ou 2005, Freedman 2005


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