Statistical and Data Management Training Courses available on an inhouse basis:
Testing for Mediation and Moderation using SPSS

Who is the course aimed at?
This course is aimed at those with basic knowledge of simple multiple regression analysis and SPSS software who wish to upgrade their skills to testing more advanced models involving mediated or moderated relationships, using standard SPSS commands and the popular PROCESS macro.

Course level:
A minimal basic knowledge of SPSS software and a basic understanding of standard multiple regression (e.g. understanding what an R-squared statistic is, and what intercept and slope coefficients represent) will be advantageous to participants. No previous knowledge or experience with running mediation or moderation type models is assumed.

Course content and aims:
The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to mediated relationships - what are they and why do we need to test them?
  • Methods for testing mediated relationships
  • Introduction to the PROCESS macro
  • Testing for simple indirect effects using PROCESS
  • Testing multiple mediators using PROCESS
  • Introduction to moderated relationships - what are they and why do we need to test them?
  • Testing, plotting and probing moderated relationships using PROCESS
  • Advanced mediation models and moderated mediation
  • Testing moderated mediation models using PROCESS

    The course comprises of a couple of short lectures on the basic theory behind mediation and moderation, teaching via examples worked through by the trainer on real data sets which participants can follow, and exercises to practice the skills just learned. You will also receive an 80-page coursebook containing all the notes and worked examples, providing an easy reference for the basics of performing mediation and moderation testing in SPSS, and as a reminder for the techniques you have learned.

    Course timings: The course fits into a full day, starting at 9.15am and finishing at around 5.30pm, with a 45 minute lunch break, and short mid-morning and afternoon coffee breaks. Transport timings for my return journey permitting, I am always willing to stay on for a while after the end of the course to answer questions pertinent to participants' own data sets.

    The teacher:
    Dr Chris Stride has been using SPSS in his work as a statistician and data manager for the last decade. He has particular experience and expertise in teaching non-statisticians from the fields of psychology, HR, management and the social sciences. He is a member of the ASSESS (UK SPSS Users Group) Committee, and runs courses for ASSESS, inhouse courses at UK Universities and public sector institutions and public training courses based at the University of Sheffield.

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