Error, Error in My Model, Who’s the Fairest Error of Them All?

Todd D. Little, Keith F. Widaman, Roy Levy, Joseph Lee Rodgers, Gregory R. Hancock

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We examine some key errors that influence the validity of scientific inquiry in the social and behavioral sciences, emphasizing the need for researchers to be attuned to the varied sources of error. We discuss error beyond simple inferential processes inherent in null hypotheses testing, for example. and broaden the scope of influences in the modeling process, from model specification, to model evaluation, modification, and comparison as well as the dissemination process. From this broadened perspective on the myriad possible sources of error, error management becomes a multipronged endeavor that involves all persons contributing to the peer-review bedrock of scientific inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-286
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Human Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017


  • Structural equation modeling
  • error management
  • philosophy of science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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