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Date:         Mon, 7 Oct 2002 18:30:31 -0600
Reply-To:     Susan Crawford <>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Susan Crawford <>
Organization: Calgary Health Region
Subject:      Re: Moderator variables
Comments: To: Ben Earnhart <>
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Hi, Ben.

The first page on the "google" search clarifies things for us very well. Thanks for your help.


Ben Earnhart wrote:

> I googled for you ( > > ) and came up with some pretty helpful stuff. Basically, the way I > understand it, if it's a moderator, then you use the interaction term, as > one variable conditions the effect of the other; with a mediator, you do > two models to see if the effect of x1 goes to zero when controlling for x2, > or better yet, use a SEM. > > I'd think that the person would really want to clarify theoretically which > approach to use a priori, before starting to model. > > At 05:45 PM 10/7/2002 -0600, Susan Crawford wrote: > >Hi, everyone. > > > >One of our graduate students is trying to use a logistic regression > >approach to determine whether or not parenting stress is a predictor of > >attachment (secure or insecure) in children. She thinks that social > >support will act as a buffer or moderating variable that may decrease > >the effects of parenting stress. > > > >I'm not sure of what approach we should take here. Should we enter the > >social support variable on the first step of the logistic regression, > >followed by the three parenting stress scores on the second step? Or > >should we be looking at interactions between the parenting stress scores > >and social support? > > > >I'm getting confused on the issue of whether or not to consider social > >support as a mediator variable or a moderator variable. > > > >Many thanks for your help. > > > >-- > >Susan Crawford, M.Sc. > >Research Coordinator > >Behavioural Research Unit > >Alberta Children's Hospital > > *======================================================= > *Ben Earnhart > *Computer Consultant and ICPSR Data Assistant > *Department of Sociology and College of Liberal Arts > *University of Iowa > *(319) 335-2887 > * > *=======================================================;

-- Susan Crawford, M.Sc. Research Coordinator Behavioural Research Unit Alberta Children's Hospital

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