How to interpret good path coefficients and total effect but low f square?

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How to interpret good path coefficients and total effect but low f square?

Post by rebeccachan1111 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:45 am

Hi all
I have a construct which is shown to have low (0.015) f square to a DV. However the path coefficients from pointing that construct to the DV, directly and indirectly, are significant and the total effect of that construct to the DV is actually high. As f square essentially measures the impact to a DV with and without a particular IV, how can I interpret this seemingly contradicting result? If the total effect is high, taking out that construct should have significant impact (higher f2) to that DV?

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