Temporal patterns of variable relationships in person-oriented research: Prediction and auto-association models of configural frequency analysis

Alexander von Eye, Eun Young Mun, G. Anne Bogat

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Abstract

Longitudinal Configural Frequency Analysis (CFA) seeks to identify, at the manifest variable level, those temporal patterns that are observed more frequently (CFA types) or less frequently (CFA antitypes) than expected with reference to a base model. This article discusses, compares, and extends two base models of interest in longitudinal data analysis. The first of these, Prediction CFA (P-CFA), is a base model that can be used in the configural analysis of both cross-sectional and longitudinal data. This model takes the associations among predictors and among criteria into account. The second base model, Auto-Association CFA (A-CFA), was specifically designed for longitudinal data. This model takes the auto-associations among repeatedly observed variables into account. Both models are extended to accommodate covariates, for example, stratification variables. Application examples are given using data from a longitudinal study of domestic violence. It is illustrated that CFA is able to yield results that are not redundant with results from log-linear modeling or multinomial regression. It is concluded that CFA is particularly useful in the context of person-oriented research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-187
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Developmental Science
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2009

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