A latent transition mixture model using the three-step specification
The 3-step method for estimating the effects of auxiliary variables (i.e., covariates and distal outcome) in mixture modeling provides a useful way to specify complex mixture models. One of the benefits of this method is that the measurement parameters of the mixture model are not influenced by the auxiliary variable(s). In addition, it allows for models that involve multiple latent class variables to be specified without each part of the model influencing the others. This article describes a unique latent transition analysis model where the measurement models are a latent class analysis model and a growth mixture model. We highlight the application of this model to study kindergarten readiness profiles and link it to elementary students' reading trajectories. Mplus syntax for the 3-step specification is provided. (author abstract)
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