Mediation analysis

David Mackinnon, Amanda J. Fairchild, Matthew S. Fritz

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Abstract

Mediating variables are prominent in psychological theory and research. A mediating variable transmits the effect of an independent variable on a dependent variable. Differences between mediating variables and confounders, moderators, and covariates are outlined. Statistical methods to assess mediation and modern comprehensive approaches are described. Future directions for mediation analysis are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Psychology
EditorsSusan Fiske, Alan Kazdin, Daniel Schacter
Pages593-614
Number of pages22
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameAnnual Review of Psychology
Volume58
ISSN (Print)0066-4308

Keywords

  • Indirect effect
  • Intervening variable
  • Mediator
  • Third variable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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    Mackinnon, D., Fairchild, A. J., & Fritz, M. S. (2007). Mediation analysis. In S. Fiske, A. Kazdin, & D. Schacter (Eds.), Annual Review of Psychology (pp. 593-614). (Annual Review of Psychology; Vol. 58). https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.psych.58.110405.085542