# Can I build a statistical model for a dependent variable based on other dependent variables?

I have a question about statistical models. In particular, whether it is correct/meaningful to build a statistical prediction for a response variable based on the other dependent variables from the same experiment.

Simplified example:

I conducted a study to see how different types of interaction influence subjects' performance (measured objective variable) and perception (subjective variables collected with a questionnaire).

In my experiment design, I have two factors (Independent Variables, IV): i) partner with 3 levels, ii) connection with 8 levels. I used full factorial design (repeated measurements on both factors) – each participant experiences every combination of factor levels i) and ii) - 24 trials.

I measured a number of dependent variables (DV): (1) error in task, (2) preference, (3) predictability of interaction and (4) how helpful and (5) natural the interaction feels. DV (1) was measured (continuous) and (2)-(5) were reported by participants with a questionnaire (5-point Liker scale).

In the first step of the analysis, I conducted rmANOVA for parametric data and rm ART ANOVA for Likert scales. I checked all assumptions and, if necessary, adjusted p-values. I also analyzed the data in detail with Post-Hoc analysis.

Now I am interested in whether DV “preference” could be predicted with other DVs. E.g. whether the preference is increasing when the error is small, the interaction is perceived as predictable, helpful and natural. I have already looked at the correlations between all DVs, but I cannot draw cause-and-effect conclusions in this case, just whether the values have an association with each other or not. My first idea was to use GLM (Generalized Linear Model), but I am not sure how appropriate it is.

To summarise, I want to have a model where I can predict preference as a function of the other DVs (error, predictability as well as scales “helpful” and “natural”).

Questions:

1) Is it correct to make a prediction about one DV based on other DVs?

2) What would be the appropriate method for this? (I am using R software and would also appreciate any advice packages and functions)

3) In this case, should I create a model including all factors at the same time or do I need several models - one for each factor?

I hope that the question formulation is clear. Since I could not find any answers online, I would appreciate suggestions for this one. Thank you!