Background and aim

The Stockholm Stress Center (SSC) Graduate School will be organizing a 3-day course on growth modelling in January 2017. This course is about theoretical aspects and practical applications of growth modelling using the statistical programs R and Mplus. The overall aim of the course is for students at the doctoral level to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in random coefficient, latent growth curve, and latent class modelling.

Course contents

The first part of the course focuses on Random Coefficient Modelling (RCM) and gives a general overview of the theoretical background and when RCM is applicable to use. Practical exercises are performed in R with a step-by-step example. Differences and similarities with latent growth modelling and latent class growth modelling are discussed as well as limitations of RCM. Students work on exercises in pairs and individually.

The second part of the course focuses on latent growth modelling (LGM). A theoretical background of LGM, when to use LGM, and a brief introduction to Mplus are provided. A step-by-step example on how to model latent growth curves in Mplus is presented. Differences and similarities with RCM and latent class growth modelling are discussed as well as limitations of LGM. Exercises are given to be solved in pairs and individually. In the third part of the course latent class growth modelling (LCGM) is discussed with a theoretical introduction and practical examples. An example is presented how to perform LCGM in Mplus. Limitations of LCGM and differences and similarities with RCM and LGM are discussed. Again, students work on exercises in pairs and individually.

PLEASE NOTE: Students bring their own computers with R and a full Mplus license installed (the Mplus demo version is NOT sufficient!).

 Information Growth modelling 2017 (75 Kb)

Course days: January 17-19, 2017 (0900-1630 all three days)

Course language: English

Where? The Stress Research Institute

Instructors: Yannick Griep and Tim Vantilborgh

Course credits: 1.5hp

Examination: Individual computer-based examination that will be conducted and handed in after the course days (exact date will be announced prior to the course). The examination will consist of exercises similar to the ones carried out during class.

Questions about the course content? Please email the course leader Claudia Bernhard-Oettel (

Sign up by emailing the SSC graduate school coordinator Lena Låstad ( Note that the number of participants will be limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Subject to availability, senior researchers within the Stockholm Stress Center are also welcome to participate.