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Moderated mediation analysis: an illustration using the association of gender with delinquency and mental health

Jeremy N.V Miles (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, USA)
Magdalena Kulesza (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, USA)
Brett Ewing (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, USA)
Regina A Shih (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, USA)
Joan S Tucker (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, USA)
Elizabeth J D'Amico (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, USA)

Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Article publication date: 5 May 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

When researchers find an association between two variables, it is useful to evaluate the role of other constructs in this association. While assessing these mediation effects, it is important to determine if results are equal for different groups. It is possible that the strength of a mediation effect may differ for males and females, for example – such an effect is known as moderated mediation. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

Participants were 2,532 adolescents from diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds and equally distributed across gender. The goal of this study was to investigate parental respect as a potential mediator of the relationship between gender and delinquency and mental health, and to determine whether observed mediation is moderated by gender.

Findings

Parental respect mediated the association between gender and both delinquency and mental health. Specifically, parental respect was a protective factor against delinquency and mental health problems for both females and males.

Practical implications

Demonstrated the process of estimating models in Lavaan, using two approaches (i.e. single group regression and multiple group regression model), and including covariates in both models.

Originality/value

The authors demonstrate the process of estimating these models in Lavaan, using two approaches, a single group regression model and a multiple group model, and the authors demonstrate how to include covariates in these models.

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Acknowledgements

© RAND 2015. The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND’s publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.

Citation

Miles, J.N.V., Kulesza, M., Ewing, B., Shih, R.A., Tucker, J.S. and D'Amico, E.J. (2015), "Moderated mediation analysis: an illustration using the association of gender with delinquency and mental health", Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 99-123. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-02-2015-0010

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