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Research Article  |   November 1998
Application of Structural Equation Modeling in Occupational Therapy Research
Author Affiliations
  • Shelley Mulligan, PhD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, School of Health and Human Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, New Hampshire 03824-3563
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Research / Quantitative Research Series
Research Article   |   November 1998
Application of Structural Equation Modeling in Occupational Therapy Research
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 1998, Vol. 52, 829-834. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.10.829
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 1998, Vol. 52, 829-834. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.10.829
Abstract

Structural equation modeling (SEM) is a relatively new research method for analyzing multivariate data. This article provides an introduction and overview of what SEM is and identifies some potential uses of this technique for occupational therapy researchers. The application of SEM in the areas of test construction and treatment effectiveness is highlighted, some cautionary measures related to this technique are presented, and resources that provide more detailed and advanced reading on the subject are included.