I need to analyse a dataset of clinical rehabilitation data. I am interested in hypothesis-driven relationships between quantified "input" (amount of therapy) and changes in health status. Although the dataset is relatively small (n~70) we have repeated data reflecting temporal changes in both. I am familiar with non-linear mixed effects modelling in R however am interested in potential "causal" relationships between input and output here and thus am considering repeated measures applications of SEM
I'd appreciate advice on which if any of the SEM packages for R (sam, lavaan, openmx?) are best suited to repeated measures data, and particularly recommendations for textbooks (is there a "Pinheiro and Bates" of the field?).