STEP 1: Taking Prevention focus as Independent variable and  Perceived behavioural control as Mediating variable The relationship between IV (Prevention Focus) & MV (Perceived behavioural control) is significant (0.010) Beta -0.173

STEP 2: Taking Prevention focus as Independent variable and  Entrepreneurial intention as dependent variableThe relationship between IV (Prevention focus) & DV (Entrepreneurial intention) is significant (0.03) but with negative Beta value. -0.146

STEP 3: Introducing Mediating variable in direct effect model When MV ( Perceived behavioural control is introduced between IV (Prevention Focus) & DV (Entrepreneurial intention) the relationship between IV & DV remains negative and becomes insignificant.However, now the beta value of Perceived behavioural control is positive and significant which I interpreted as full mediation enter image description here

STEP 4: Relation between Mediating variable BC and Dependent Variable Entrepreneurial intention. enter image description here I am following Baron & Kenny approach to find mediation.

How do I interpret this ?

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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean "When MV is introduced between IV & DV" - a regression model knows nothing about "in between". What exactly are the models you fitted in each step ? $\endgroup$ – Robert Long Jan 30 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Robert I have posted screen shots of the results so as to make my questions clear. $\endgroup$ – Rahul Yadav Jan 30 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ Rather than just post SPSS output, it would be better if you describe what the variables are, in each model. I don't like the Baron/Kenny approach - I would much prefer a path analysis approach. Here is some info about B/K and it's limitations. $\endgroup$ – Robert Long Jan 30 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ IV is Prevention Focus , DV is Entrepreneurial intention , Mediator is Perceived behavioural control. $\endgroup$ – Rahul Yadav Jan 31 at 6:32
  • $\begingroup$ The Baron-Kenny approach requires a regression of the dependent variable on the presumed mediator. You don't seem to have done that. It us unclear what you are asking. $\endgroup$ – Robert Long Jan 31 at 10:03

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