Current directions in mediation analysis

David Mackinnon, Amanda J. Fairchild

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Mediating variables continue to play an important role in psychological theory and research. A mediating variable transmits the effect of an antecedent variable on to a dependent variable, thereby providing more detailed understanding of relations among variables. Methods to assess mediation have been an active area of research for the last two decades. This paper describes the current state of methods to investigate mediating variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Indirect effect
  • Mediation
  • Statistical methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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