How to plot growth curves based on SPSS output? Illustrations based on a study on adolescent development

Man Sze Ma, Tan Lei Shek

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Individual growth curve (IGC) analyses are often used to examine growth curves of participants under different conditions, such as differences in the growth trajectories in an experimental group and a control group. Although researchers can use Linear Mixed Models (LMM) in SPSS to conduct IGC analyses, growth curves are not automatically generated from SPSS output, and researchers have to plot growth curves based on the information derived from the SPSS output. To facilitate the plotting of individual growth curves to aid the interpretation of LMM results, an EXCEL program was written by the researchers. Examples and step-by-step illustrations are presented in the paper regarding how to use this EXCEL program to plot growth curves based on the SPSS output.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014


  • human development
  • individual growth curve modeling
  • linear mixed methods
  • SPSS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Sensory Systems
  • Speech and Hearing

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