(1) If I conducted Exploratory Structural Equation Modeling (ESEM), and specify the model as follow:
f1-f2 measured by v1 v2 v3 v4 v5 v6;
Can I also allow regression path between f1 and f2, i.e.:
f1 -> f2?
(2) If the answer in Question 1 is no (I cannot specify regression path between latent variables while doing ESEM), I wonder if there are any other way to twick so that I can estimate the regression path? I am certain that f1 is mainly measured by v1,v2,and v3, and f2 is mainly measured by v4, v5, and v6. However, there are small cross-loadings, such that v4, v5, and v6 cross-load on f1, and v1, v2, and v3 cross-load on f2.
It may be helpful to know that I am using the programme Mplus for ESEM. Thanks for your help!