Indirect and total effects

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Indirect and total effects

Post by Jean-Marie » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:50 pm

I am using SmartPLS3 and the output for indirect and total effects give the same numbers. Is this a software error? I am asking the question because the total effect should be the sum of direct and indirect effects. But having the same number for indirect and total effects means that direct effect are not taken into account. Am I right?

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Re: Indirect and total effects

Post by jmbecker » Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:48 pm

If you only have direct effects in your model, then they are the same otherwise you should have different results.
There is no known problem with this feature and it is working on many different models for a long time. If you have doubts, please send your model and a data example to our support team:
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Re: Indirect and total effects

Post by Hengkov » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:43 am

See later chapters of Cepeda et al. (2018) for testing multiple of the mediating effect.

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Re: Indirect and total effects

Post by cringle » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:07 am

Also, the book on PLS-SEM includes a chapter on mediation: Hair, J. F., Hult, G. T. M., Ringle, C. M., & Sarstedt, M. (2017). A Primer on Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling. 2nd Ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage.



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