Conditional path analysis: The analytical framework of mediated moderation

Lok Yin Joyce KWAN, Wai CHAN, Jacky Chi Kit NG, Cherry Yik Ting CHOI, Kam Tai Tony KWAN

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Abstract

Mediation and moderation are two important processes in social sciences research for understanding the dynamic and interactive processes of human behaviours (Baron and Kenny, 1986). While mediation helps researchers to explain how an external physical event (X) leads to psychological or behavioural change (Y) by introducing the intervening variable or mediator (M), moderation helps researchers to identify the conditions (i.e., the moderator (W)) which change the psychological process. Mediated moderation is one type of conditional path models, which combine both the mediation and moderation processes to account for the underlying mechanism of a moderation process through the use of a mediator variable. For example, by formulating an appropriate mediated moderation model, researchers can address research question such as how a coping strategy may help to alleviate the detrimental effect of stress on psychological well-being. In this presentation, we will revisit the myths regarding to the analysis of mediated moderation. Based on the variable system (VS) approach proposed by Kwan and Chan (2018), we will discuss a new analytical framework of mediated moderation. The new framework addresses the limitation of the traditional analytical framework of mediated moderation in testing and estimating the mediated moderation effect. Research findings of the new analytical framework of mediated moderation will be presented. We will also introduce a newly developed R-based statistical tool for the analysis of mediated moderation. Copyright © 2023 ACAH/ACSS.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2023
EventThe 14th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2023) and The 14th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2023) - Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 26 May 202329 May 2023
https://acss.iafor.org/acss2023/

Conference

ConferenceThe 14th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2023) and The 14th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2023)
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTokyo
Period26/05/2329/05/23
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Citation

Kwan, J. L. Y., Chan, W., Ng, J. C. K., Choi, C. Y. T., & Kwan, T. K. T. (2023, May 26–29). Conditional path analysis: The analytical framework of mediated moderation [Paper presentation]. The 14th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2023) and The 14th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2023), Tokyo, Japan.

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