Modeling Latent Trait-Change

  • Rolf Steyer
  • Sindy Krambeer
  • Wolfgang Hannöver
Part of the Mathematical Modelling: Theory and Applications book series (MMTA, volume 19)


Psychological interventions such as, for example, therapeutic treatments or educational training programs do not aim at ephemeral but primarily at permanent changes in behavior, feelings, attitudes etc., that is, at changes which are not situation-dependent, but rather consistent across situations. Similarly, changes of interest for developmental psychologists are not ephemeral but permanent changes in behavior, abilities, feelings, attitudes etc. Hence, in terms of latent state-trait theory (LST theory; see, e.g., Steyer, Ferring & Schmitt, 1992; Deinzer et al., 1995; or Steyer, Schmitt & Eid, 1999), psychological interventions aim at changing traits, not at changing states, and trait change, not mere State change, is also the primary interest in develop­mental psychology.


Group Therapy Method Factor Latent Trait Interindividual Difference Manifest Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Steyer
    • 1
  • Sindy Krambeer
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Hannöver
    • 1
  1. 1.Friedrich Schiller UniversityJenaGermany

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