R-squared of a Latent Interaction in Structural Equation Model: A Tutorial of Using R

  •  Lu Qin    
  •  Jihong Zhang    
  •  Xinya Liang    
  •  Qianqian Pan    


Mplus (Muthén & Muthén, 1998 - 2017) is one popular statistical software to estimate the latent interaction effects using the latent moderated structural equation approach (LMS). However, the variance explained by a latent interaction that supports the interpretation of estimation results is not currently available from the Mplus output. To relieve human computations and to facilitate interpretations of latent interaction effects in social science research, we developed two functions (LIR & LOIR) in the R package IRmplus to calculate the R-squared of a latent interaction above and beyond the first-order simple main effects in Structural Equation Modeling. This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide for applied researchers to estimating a latent interaction effect in Mplus, and to obtaining the R-squared of a latent interaction effect using the LIR & LOIR functions. Example data and syntax are available online.

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